Date: April 21, 2014 | Contact: Matt Carlson | Tel: 212-903-9751 | E-mail: [email protected]
PERFORM THREE CONCERTS AT CARNEGIE HALL, MAY 16, 17, AND 18
Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 on May 17
To Be Broadcast on Carnegie Hall Live Radio and Digital Series
Violinist Gil Shaham Performs Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto May 18
This May, Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in three performances in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The series begins on Friday, May 16 at 8:00 p.m. with Mr. Jansons leading the orchestra in a concert featuring John Adams’s 1996 piece Slonimsky’s Earbox, a work based on Stravinsky’s Le chant du rossignol. In addition, the program includes Richard Strauss’s epic tone poem Don Juan, Op.20, and Berlioz’s beloved Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14.
The series continues on Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. when Mr. Jansons leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, featuring acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida, paired with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47.
The final concert in the series on Sunday May 18 at 2:00 p.m. includes Ligeti’s Atmosphères, Brahms’s pastoral Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73, and Berg’s Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham as soloist.
The May 17 concert with Mitsuko Uchida will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and on stations nationwide as part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. To encourage community and conversation, the series offers robust content surrounding each concert, including live web chats, Twitter commentary by the broadcast team from backstage and in the control room, live and on-demand audio, videos, program notes, photo galleries, and more, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.
About the Artists
Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her discography includes the complete Mozart piano sonatas and piano concerti, the complete Schubert piano sonatas, Debussy’s etudes, the five Beethoven piano concerti with Kurt Sanderling, and the final five Beethoven piano sonatas, among other pieces. Recently, she recorded works of Schumann and three albums of Mozart concerti, while directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano. As a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, Ms. Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians. Additionally, she is Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In 2012, she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, and in 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. His combination of impeccable technique with inimitable warmth has solidified his legacy as an American master. Highlights of his 2013–2014 season have included a performance with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris, a tour with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, as well as a continuation of his exploration of the “Concertos of the 1930s” with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic. This season he will perform the world, Asian, and European premieres of a new concerto by Bright Sheng and embark on a recital tour, performing Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. In July and August, Mr. Shaham will be guest soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, performing Britten’s Violin Concerto with conductor David Robertson in concerts at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood, and in North Carolina, Wyoming, Sonoma, and Los Angeles.
Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo recordings to his name, including bestsellers that have appeared on record charts in the US and abroad and have won him multiple Grammy Awards, as well as the Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice award. Mr. Shaham records for the Canary Classics label, which he founded in 2004. Recent albums include Nigumin: Hebrew Melodies; Haydn Violin Concertos and Mendelssohn’s Octet with Sejong Soloists; Sarasate: Virtuoso Violin Works; Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony; The Butterfly Lovers and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A with Yefim Bronfman and Truls Mørk. Mr. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and was subsequently awarded the Avery Fisher Award in 2008. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.
Mariss Jansons ranks among the most outstanding conductors of the present day, regularly performing with the world’s major orchestras at festivals such as Salzburg, Lucerne, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh International Festival. In addition to worldwide recognition for his concert and touring activities, Mr. Jansons has also collaborated on numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious international awards, including a Grammy Award in 2006. Beginning as an assistant and then conductor with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (today’s St. Petersburg Philharmonic), Mr. Jansons held the position of Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1979 to 2000, and was then Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2004. Since 2003, he has served as the Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, in 2004 he assumed the post of Chief Conductor of the Royal Councertgebouw Orchestra. Mr. Jansons and his orchestras have made regular guest appearances in the most important musical capitals and music festivals of the world. In 2005, Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra undertook their first joint Japan-China tour, and in 2007, they gave a concert at the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons is the orchestra in residence at the Easter Festival in Lucerne.
Mr. Jansons regularly appears as a guest conductor of some of the greatest orchestras in the world, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Recent awards have included the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (January 2013), the Medal of Merit of St. Petersburg (March 2013), the German Grand Merit Cross (October 2013). In November 2013, he was made a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
Founded in 1949 and considered one of the world’s leading orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, South America, and the US. In 2003, Mariss Jansons became Chief Conductor of both the orchestra and choir, continuing a legacy of storied chief conductors including Eugen Jochum, Rafael Kubelik, Sir Colin Davis, and Lorin Maazel, as well as guest conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, and Leonard Bernstein. Committed to promoting and performing a wide range of classical music, the orchestra celebrates contemporary music with the musica viva series, founded in 1945. At these concerts, audiences have witnessed legendary performances of contemporary works at which the composers themselves have conducted the orchestra. Such composers have included Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, and Peter Eötvös. Celebrating a wide range of classical music, the orchestra regularly collaborates with early music experts including Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ton Koopman. Mr. Jansons continues to expand the orchestra’s vast discography with CDs and DVDs on Bavarian Broadcasting’s own label BR-Klassik. Many recordings have received national and international awards, including the 2006 recording of Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony, which received a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance.
JOHN ADAMS Slonimsky’s Earbox
Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon in support of the 2013-2014 season.
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m.
GYÖRGY LIGETI Atmosphères
Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
Photo at the top of release courtesy of Carnegie Hall