In its 2007-2008 season, Carnegie Hall again offers an extraordinary array of events, with its first-ever international festival, Berlin in Lights; an extended visit from the Lucerne Festival Orchestra; Perspectives concerts by Yefim Bronfman, Valery Gergiev, and Bobby McFerrin; the first installment of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas performed by András Schiff; the world's greatest orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, and vocalists; debuts by tomorrow's stars; and jazz, folk, pop, and world music in abundance. Here are just a few highlights.
Berlin in Lights
Over 17 days, Carnegie Hall and partner venues throughout New York City will create a snapshot of contemporary Berlin, exploring the city that in the past was at the crossroads of Western culture and that today has reemerged as one of the world's centers of artistic expression and forward thinking. Partnering with some of the premier cultural institutions of New York and Berlin‹including the American Academy in Berlin, the Center for Architecture, the German consulate general in New York, the Goethe-Institut, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Neue Galerie, P.S.1, and the World Music Institute‹Carnegie Hall moves in exciting new directions, with architecture and photography exhibits, a film series on Berlin today, a video installation, a techno dance party, cabaret, and panel discussions. With more than 40 events to choose from, you can experience the magic of Berlin through performers ranging from the venerable Berliner Philharmoniker led by Sir Simon Rattle to the elegance and zany wit of Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester, from HK Gruber singing Weill and Eisler to Nomad SoundSystem's eclectic blend of Western dance grooves and North African melodies. A high point of the festival is The Rite of Spring Project, an explosion of sights and sounds at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, in which 120 public school students dance to Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, performed by Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin comes to Carnegie Hall for seven Perspectives concerts. Moving effortlessly among the worlds of jazz, pop, and classical, McFerrin has designed his Perspectives to reflect the breadth of his creative interests, performing and conducting with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Alison Krauss, Chick Corea, and Jack DeJohnette. Another highlight will be a performance with his 12-member Voicestra, which draws on everything from R&B and opera to world music.
Renowned for his riveting work in the opera house and concert hall, conductor Valery Gergiev showcases the city of St. Petersburg in nine concerts with three of the world's premier symphonic ensembles‹the Kirov Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and The MET Orchestra. Singers from the famed Mariinsky Theater join the Kirov Orchestra for concert performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden and Act II of Borodin's Prince Igor. Maestro Gergiev will also conduct orchestral masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Berlioz, Debussy, and others. St. Petersburg's musical impact is further explored at the Metropolitan Opera, where Gergiev will conduct Prokofiev's War and Peace and The Gambler as part of his Perspectives.
The breadth of Yefim Bronfman's talents as a soloist and chamber musician is amply demonstrated by his performances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, the Vienna Philharmonic led by Valery Gergiev, The MET Chamber Ensemble with James Levine, the New York String Orchestra conducted by Jaime Laredo, and Orpheus. Bronfman's Perspectives season also includes a solo recital featuring the premiere of a new work by Jörg Widmann, commissioned by The Carnegie Hall Corporation, and concludes with an evening of chamber music in which the pianist is joined by violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Lynn Harrell, and the Emerson String Quartet.
The holder of The Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall for 2007-2008, Thomas Adès has won acclaim as a composer, pianist, and conductor. A highlight of last season at Carnegie Hall was the New York premiere of his Asyla, performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, which shook the house and won a thunderous ovation. Adès's many talents will be on display throughout the coming season, which features his New York debut as a pianist; the U.S. premiere of his new orchestral work, Tevot; and the New York premiere of his Three Studies from Couperin for Chamber Orchestra. Adès also leads the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in the New York premiere of Gerald Barry's The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit and is the focus of a Making Music concert.
View Carnegie Hall's complete 2007-2008 lineup at carnegiehall.org, or call 1-212-247-7800 for further details.