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||Opening Night Gala with Berliner Philharmoniker
|| Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances is his last major work, a dazzling three-movement orchestral showpiece bursting with color and intense lyricism that weaves threads of Russian Orthodox chant with the harrowing Dies Irae, resulting in a vibrant finale. Stravinsky’s Firebird, the first of the great ballets he wrote for Sergei Diaghilev, is cinematic in its vivid depiction of monsters and infernal dances, and concludes with one of the most thrilling endings in all of music.
||Stavros Xarhakos, Conductor
|| Stavros Xarhakos and Stamatis Kokotas perform a concert of contemporary Greek music. Stamatis Kokotas sings songs from his first collaboration with Stavros Xarhakos in 1960, such as “Stou Othona Ta Chronia,” “Poso Mikros O Anthropos,” “Me Ti Kardia,” and more.
||The Future Star Concert - NTD's 2014 International Piano Competition Finals
|| Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony bubbles with high spirits, from its opening trumpet call heralding spring’s awakening to its rollicking finale. Schumann’s Second Symphony, conceived when the composer’s mental and physical health was failing, was inspired by Bach’s Musical Offering and Schubert’s “Great” C-Major Symphony. The outer movements are heroic, while the second-movement Scherzo is at once fiendishly virtuosic and deliciously bucolic. The third movement—an impassioned, melancholy Adagio with a sweeping melody—is one of Schumann’s most inspired creations.
|| “Every kind of orchestral sound that can tickle and seduce the ear was there,” said The Telegraph of Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker. Rattle and the orchestra premiere a new work by Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas and conclude their Schumann symphony cycle with the quintessentially Romantic “Rhenish” (inspired by the Rhine River), and the rarely performed 1841 version of the composer’s Symphony No. 4. This original scoring features lighter orchestral textures and was much admired by Brahms.
The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.
||Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou
|| “Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou” is a concert presentation of selected music and dialogue from the new, original musical Fannie Lou, which tells the story of Fannie Lou Hamer’s voting rights struggle. The evening features a full cast of performers accompanied by a live, six-piece instrumental ensemble, and perspectives from Esmeralda Simmons, the founder of Medgar Evers College’s Center for Law and Social Justice. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Center.
||Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
|| Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and musical icons—legendary trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekela and singer Vusi Mahlasela—are joined by guest artists to celebrate 20 years of democracy and the end of Apartheid in South Africa with a program of stirring freedom songs.
||Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra – Music from 5,000 Years of Civilization
||Shen Yun, the performing arts company taking the world by storm, now brings you a unique musical experience: The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra combines the exquisite beauty of Chinese music with the precision and grandeur of the Western symphony orchestra. It is the world’s only orchestra that has both classical Western and Chinese instruments as its permanent members. Alongside Western brass, woodwinds, and strings are traditional Chinese instruments like the 4,000-year-old erhu, the plucked pipa, and a range of percussion instruments. The program features all-original music from the world-renowned Shen Yun production, classics from Berlioz and Dvořák, instrumental soloists, and Shen Yun’s acclaimed sopranos and tenors.
“Beautiful sound… strikingly intricate melodies.”
“A pleasure to the ear”
“Lifting, meditative music.”
“Absolutely perfect music."
“The best! The best! The best!”
-Charles Wadsworth, founding artistic director, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Date and Times
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 1:00 PM
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM
Carnegie Hall: 212-247-7800