Friday, February 03, 2006

Carnegie Hall commissions 20 new pieces

Barenboim to mark anniversary at Carnegie

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press - Tue, Jan. 31, 2006
From The Mercury News

Daniel Barenboim will play at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 20, 2007, to mark the 50th anniversary of his debut there, former Talking Heads star David Byrne will curate a "Perspectives" series the following month and Carnegie will experiment for the first time with podcasts next season.

Barenboim, stepping down at the end of this season as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will play Book I of Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier" at Carnegie on the night of the anniversary, then play Book II the following day. He was 14 when made his Carnegie debut on Jan. 20, 1957, playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony of the Air and conductor Leopold Stokowski.

Byrne has not yet decided on the content of his "Perspectives" series, Carnegie Hall executive director Clive Gillinson said Tuesday. Other "Perspectives" series center on pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, baritone Thomas Quasthoff and the Emerson String Quartet.
Gillinson took over as executive director last July following Robert Harth's death in January 2004. He was announcing his first season, although much of it was programmed by the staff he inherited.

The podcasts will be among Carnegie Hall's innovations.
"It's something, obviously, that will lead absolutely up to the particular performances," he said. "Whether or not there will be a demand that we continue to leave the information there afterwards is something else."

Barenboim also will play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and James Levine on Oct. 9. He also will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic from March 2-4, 2007, in programs that include Bruckner's Seventh Symphony, Bartok pieces and excerpts from Wagner operas.

Carnegie Hall commissioned 20 new works, including compositions by John Adams, Elliott Carter, Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich and Kaija Saariaho. David Robertson will conduct the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in the New York premiere of Adams' "Doctor Atomic" Symphony (March 31, 2007), and there will be projects involving Osvaldo Golijov and both Yo-Yo-Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Levine will conduct the BSO in Bartok's "A Kekszakallu Herceg Vara (Bluebeard's Castle)" with Albert Dohmen and Anne Sofie von Otter (Nov. 11) and Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" with Jose van Dam (Feb. 12, 2007). Levine also conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in programs featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff (Jan. 14, 2007), pianist Nicolas Hodges (May 13, 2007) and soprano Natalie Dessay (May 20, 2007).
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis play Mozart's complete sonatas for violin and piano (Nov. 15, 17, and 19). Violinist Gil Shaham "and friends," a group that includes sister-pianist Orli, play three programs in Zankel Hall (March 22, April 21, and May 2, 2007).
Christoph Eschenbach leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Mahler's Second Symphony (May 8, 2007). Soprano Renee Fleming has a Christmas concert (Dec. 21) and soprano Diana Damrau makes her New York recital debut in Weill Hall (March 21, 2007). There also will be recitals by pianists Alfred Brendel (May 4, 2007) and Maurizio Pollini (April 29 and May 12, 2007).

Carnegie Hall Announces 2006-07 Season

By Vivien Schweitzer - January 31, 2006

Carnegie Hall's 2006-07 season will include twenty commissions from established and emerging composers; Perspectives series led by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, pop musician David Byrne, the Emerson Quartet, and bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; and a 70th-birthday celebration for composer Steve Reich.
Speaking at a press conference today, Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall since July 2005, outlined the institution's plans, saying, "I believe it is essential to embrace Carnegie Hall's great traditions and fundamental belief in quality, education and innovation, and to use these as the platform for our future explorations and initiatives."
The season features an unusually high number of commissions, demonstrating "Carnegie's commitment to the future," said Gillinson. The works of ten established figures, such as John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, and Elliott Carter, and ten emerging composers in their 20s and 30s, will be premiered throughout the season. The younger composers will be mentored through the Weill Music Institute Professional Training Workshops.
Carnegie's annual artist-led Perspectives series will see Aimard explore music including Bach, Chopin, Stockhausen, and Ligeti with collaborators such as Pierre Boulez. David Byrne, the composer and performer who fronted the art-rock band Talking Heads, will curate the eclectic No Boundaries series; details have not yet been announced. The Emerson Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven string quartets alongside works by Mendelssohn, Ives, Bartók, and a new quartet by Saariaho. Thomas Quasthoff will explore American popular song and orchestral lieder.
Steve Reich@70, a month-long tribute presented in collaboration with BAM and Lincoln Center, will showcase Reich as composer, teacher, and performer. Concerts include a hands-on audience experience focusing on his Clapping Music.
Zankel Hall, which "has been utterly transformational and has made a tremendous impact on Carnegie Hall," according to Gillinson, again hosts a wide range of world-music concerts. "Zankel gives a fantastic opportunity to travel across different genres and music," he added. The World Views series features The Spirit of Fès, jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd and the Mongolian Buryat Band, and maskanda singer and guitarist Shiyani Ngcobo, among others.
Other highlights include a 60th-birthday tribute to Adams, including the New York premiere of his Doctor Atomic Symphony, and a Shostakovich Festival featuring pianist Larissa Gergieva. Solo recitalists include Daniel Barenboim performing Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier; Hélène Grimaud making her Carnegie recital debut; and the Carnegie debut of Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, who recently won the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award.
Visiting orchestras include the Cleveland Orchestra, which opens the season under music director Franz Welser-Möst; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Pierre Boulez; the MET Orchestra with James Levine; the Vienna Philharmonic led by Daniel Barenboim; and the Boston Symphony, also led by Levine.

Carnegie Generates New Works

By Willa J. Conrad - Wednesday, February 01, 2006
From The Star-Ledger at

Clive Gillinson, the newly arrived Carnegie Hall executive and artistic director, says the hall's 2006-2007 season will push toward a wider diversity of offerings.
"I believe it is essential to embrace Carnegie Hall's great traditions and fundamental belief in quality, education and innovation, and to use these as the platform for our future explorations and initiatives," Gillinson said yesterday in announcing the season.
Among the initiatives are 20 commissions of 10 emerging and 10 established composers, to be performed by a variety of visiting and resident artists and ensembles. John Adams, Evan Ziporyn, Elliott Carter, Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Bright Sheng and Kaija Saariaho are among the established composers commissioned. Christopher Adler, Hossein Alizadeh, Angel Lam and Gabriela Lena Frank are among the newer participants.
Five world premieres by the resident American Composers Orchestra, three U.S. premieres and 11 New York premieres will also be scattered throughout performances by artists as diverse as pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Silk Road Ensemble and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Carnegie Hall will expand its world music offerings to include the Mongolian Buryat Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In another initiative, Carnegie will also hold eight professional training workshops that explore the crossover influences in jazz, classical and world music.
The hall's Perspectives series, in which select artists are given seven programs to perform what they wish, with whomever they want, is among Carnegie's traditions. Aimard, the Emerson String Quartet, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff and world/pop crossover icon David Byrne are all to be featured next season. Byrne has not announced his plans for his February 2007 residency at the hall, but Aimard will play works by Bartok, Ligeti and George Benjamin, as well as host a series of performances with commentary.
The Emerson quartet will perform a Beethoven cycle in May and June 2007, interspersed with works by Ives, Schubert, Saariaho and Mozart, while Quasthoff will open the season on Oct. 4, singing Mozart arias with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Other highlights of Carnegie Hall's upcoming season will include:
  • "Reich on Reich," a workshop with the composer in celebration of his 70th birthday, culminating in a performance on Oct. 18
  • A Latin jazz workshop with New Jersey superstar Paquito d'Rivera in March 2007
  • A recital by pianist Daniel Barenboim on the 50th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut on Jan. 20
  • An all-Adams program celebrating the composer's 60th birthday, including his new Doctor Atomic Symphony, with conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony on March 31
  • Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Mozart's complete violin sonatas on Nov. 15-19
  • Pianist Hélène Grimaud in her Carnegie Hall debut recital on Nov. 8
  • An expansion of Carnegie's programs in early music, in both its large and small halls, including Venice Baroque Orchestra under Andrea Marcon on Feb. 22 and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman on Dec. 7 and 12
  • World music in Zankel Hall, including explorations of Persian, Italian, Hindu, Muslim, Judaic, Christian, Zulu, Mongolian, Portuguese fado and Spanish flamenco artists.

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