The season, acting director Klaus Jacobs said at a press conference, bears the "broad strokes" of former executive and artistic director Robert Harth, who died suddenly in January 2004. (Clive Gillinson, the managing director of the London Symphony, who will assume the post in July, is "already fully immersed in the planning process for future seasons," Jacobs said.)
Bostridge, Goode, and Robertson, along with Senegalese pop star Youssou N'Dour, are the latest musicians invited to participate in Carnegie's Perspectives program, in which a prominent artist chooses repertoire and collaborators for a series of concerts. Bostridge's events will include an all-Britten concert with countertenor Behjun Mehta and a recital with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Robertson, in his first season as St. Louis Symphony music director, will lead the ensemble in John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls, the piece's first performance in New York since its premiere in 2002. And Goode will perform an evening of Beethoven piano sonatas, his first all-Beethoven recital in New York since he played the complete sonatas in the late 1980s.
The Kronos's six-concert festival, titled Live Mix, will include collaborations with Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, Azerbaijani composers Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Rahman Asadollahi, and pipa player Wu Man. The quartet will perform two world premieres commissioned by Carnegie by Glenn Branca and James Thirlwell.
Also among the new works commissioned by Carnegie are a new work for solo piano by Elliott Carter, to be performed by Peter Serkin; a piece by Wolfgang Rihm, to be performed by the contemporary music group Alarm Will Sound; and Michael Gordon's All Vows, to be performed by cellist Maya Beiser. The season will also include 12 world premieres not commissioned by the hall, including Charles Wuorinen's Theologoumenon, to be performed by the MET Orchestra.
Like many other classical music organizations, Carnegie Hall is devoting a portion of 2005-06 to a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. On January 27, 2006, the composer's birthday, Simon Rattle will lead the Berlin Philharmonic in the Serenade for Winds, Symphony No. 38, and the 27th Piano Concerto, with Alfred Brendel as soloist. In addition, the hall will present Mozart's last six symphonies and "an even dozen" of the piano concertos over the course of the season, artistic advisor Ara Guzelimian said. "I love reading this list," he added, reeling off the names of the soloists for the concertos: Emanuel Ax, Goode, Andršs Schiff, Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Radu Lupu, Peter Serkin, and Brendel.
Jazz offerings, expanded since the opening of the subterranean Zankel Hall in 2003, include three performances by the SF JAZZ Collective, an all-star group with Joshua Redman and Bobby Hutcherson; a 50th-birthday concert by pianist Fred Hersch; and a visit from bassist Ron Carter's trio. In addition, Carnegie presents seven events this summer in collaboration with the JVC Jazz Festival with such stars as Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, and Dave Brubeck.
Zankel Hall is also the site of most of the hall's early music performances, with appearances by the English Concert with violinist Andrew Manze, Bernard Labadie's Les Violins du Roy, and other groups. And for the third year, John Adams, the occupant of Carnegie's composer's chair, will program a weekend festival of new music at Zankel. The lineup, to feature contemporary classical, jazz, and world music, will be announced at a later date.
Other highlights of the season include the New York recital debut of soprano Anna Netrebko, an opening night gala featuring the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, a performance of Bach solo works by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and a marathon salute to composer Meredith Monk, featuring a virtual all-star team of the avant-garde: the Bang on a Can All-Stars, saxophonist John Zorn, composer Terry Riley, pianist Ursula Oppens, and DJ Spooky. As always, Carnegie will present many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and such soloists as violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Ren_e Fleming, violinist Midori, and pianist Maurizio Pollini.
The hall's education wing, the Weill Music Institute, will present some 350 events reaching about 100,000 students and adults. Those events include nine professional training workshops, modeled after Robert Shaw's famous Choral Workshop and led by, among others, baritone Thomas Quasthoff, conductor Ton Koopman, bassist Edgar Meyer, and Monk herself, who will educate young singers in the intricacies of her own eerie vocal style.