American Symphony Orchestra to Bring Elliott Carter Tribute to Carnegie Hall, 11/17
Carnegie Hall returns to 'Botsteinburg' with ASO's anniversary tribute to Elliott Carter -- "Elliott Carter: An American Original" -- on November 17, 2013 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage), 57th Street and 7th Avenue.
When industrial action meant that the American Symphony Orchestra's first concert of this season - under music director Leon Botstein - was also the de facto Carnegie Hall season-opener, the New York Times hailed "this mysterious land, (where) opening nights at concert halls don't feature cozy chestnuts...let's call this faraway world Botsteinburg." Carnegie returns to that fascinating land with Botstein's tribute to his friend and colleague Elliott Carter, in the presence of members of Carter's family, one year after the composer's death at age 103.
For Botstein, playing Carter's music now and at Carnegie Hall, not only makes for a great concert, it's important. "When Carter died almost exactly one year ago, there was a huge amount of appreciation and a lot of his music was played," says Botstein, "but often the media interest dissipates and everyone thinks it's 'been done.' Elliott Carter's talent was too great for that fate. With this Carnegie Hall concert of six of his finest works ranging across his entire career, we want to explore the continuing legacy of one of America's greatest composers."
The six works to be included - the Clarinet Concerto, Sound Fields, Warble for Lilac-Time, Voyage, Concerto for Orchestra and Pocahontas - amount to a mini-retrospective. The soloist for the Clarinet Concerto will be Anthony McGill. Mary MacKenzie will be the soprano for Warble for Lilac Time, Teresa Buchholz the mezzo in Voyage. Members of Carter's family will be in attendance for the tribute.
Tickets: $25 / $35 / $50 and subscriptions are available at americansymphony.org and by phone at 212-868-9276. Tickets are also available at CarnegieHall.org , at the Carnegie box office, or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800. The Conductor's Notes Q&A at 7pm in Stern Auditorium is free with concert ticket.
ABOUT Leon Botstein: Leon Botstein recently celebrated his 20th year as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. He is also co-Artistic Director of the Summerscape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, where Mr. Botstein has been President since 1975. In addition he is also Conductor Laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Music Director from 2003-2011.
Mr. Botstein leads an active schedule as a guest conductor all over the world, and can be heard on numerous recordings. He has just returned from Venezuela and Japan where he conducted the Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas, the first non-Venezuelan conductor invited by El Sistema to conduct on a tour. Many of his live performances with the American Symphony Orchestra are available for download online. The Los Angeles Times called this summer's Los Angeles Philharmonic performance under Mr. Botstein "the all-around most compelling performance of anything I've heard all summer at the Bowl."
Highly regarded as a music historian, Mr. Botstein is the editor of The Musical Quarterly and the author of numerous articles and books. Last year he was invited to give the prestigious Tanner Lectures in Berkeley, CA. For his contributions to music he has received the award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Harvard University's prestigious Centennial Award, as well as the Cross of Honor, First Class from the government of Austria. In 2009 he received Carnegie Foundation's Academic Leadership Award, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Philosophical Society. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. In 2013, following in the footsteps of Sir John Barbirolli, Otto Klemperer, and others, Mr. Botstein received the Bruckner Society's Julio Kilenyi Medal of Honor for his interpretations of that composer's music.