Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Park Avenue Armory Partner to Present October 2014 Residency by Sir Simon Rattle and Berliner Philharmoniker
The Berliner Philharmoniker and its music director, Sir Simon Rattle, will return to New York in October 2014 for a unique eight-day residency presented by Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in a co-presentation with Park Avenue Armory.
Said Sir Simon Rattle, "To create a residency that reveals the various dimensions of the Berliner Philharmoniker's musical vision is a treasured opportunity for me and the Orchestra. And to have such a residence in New York City where we have a longstanding relationship only amplifies its meaning to us. We look forward to a rewarding and dynamic collaboration with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Park Avenue Armory. We feel our residency is a wonderful example of what becomes artistically possible with collective will and resources."
The orchestra's fall 2014 residency begins on Wednesday, October 1 as Carnegie Hall opens its 2014-2015 season with a festive Opening Night Gala concert featuring Sir Simon and the Berliner Philharmoniker, joined by longtime collaborator, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Sir Simon Rattle and the orchestra return to Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage for three additional performances on Thursday, October 2; Sunday, October 5; and Monday, October 6 with repertoire to include music by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, a complete Schumann symphony cycle, and the United States premiere of a new work by Georg Friedrich Haas, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Detailed concert programs will be announced as part of Carnegie Hall's 2014-2015 season announcement in late January.
Following the Carnegie Hall concerts, on Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8, Lincoln Center opens its White Light Festival, in a co-presentation with Park Avenue Armory, with two performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion directed by Peter Sellars with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Rundfunkchor Berlin conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Sir Simon initiated the project with Peter Sellars after their collaboration on John Adams's A Flowering Tree in 2006. For these extraordinary performances, a stage and seating installation modeled on the configuration of the Berlin Philharmonie concert hall will be constructed inside the Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
In addition to the Orchestra, the work features the acclaimed Rundfunkchor Berlin under the di