Christoph Eschenbach to Conduct Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 3/15
Carnegie Hall today announced that Christoph Eschenbach has graciously agreed to step in for Daniele Gatti and conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The concert is the penultimate concert by the orchestra in Carnegie Hall's three-week, citywide festival Vienna: City of Dreams, which runs from February 21 to March 16. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's March 15 program-Schubert's Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished," and Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with soprano Juliane Banse-remains the same.
As previously announced, Maestro Gatti with deep regret has cancelled all of his professional engagements for the next two months, including two Vienna: City of Dreams programs, due to a tendinopathy (acute inflammation of the tendon) in both shoulders. Franz Welser-Möst will step in for Gatti with the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. in a concert performance of Berg's Wozzeck.
The March 15 concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will be Maestro Eschenbach's second appearance in the Vienna: City of Dreams festival. As a pianist, he collaborates with baritone Matthias Goerne in a performance of Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin on Wednesday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.
From February 21 to March 16, 2014, Carnegie Hall presents Vienna: City of Dreams, a three-week citywide festival featuring more than 90 events at Carnegie Hall and 23 partner cultural organizations throughout New York City, all inviting audiences to discover the extraordinary artistic legacy of Vienna. The festival features symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, and lieder, as well as new sounds emerging from this historic cultural capital. In addition to music, Vienna: City of Dreams shines a spotlight on Vienna's visual art, film, architecture, politics, science, and history, creating an extensive look at a city that for centuries has drawn artists, dreamers, and innovators from all corners of the world to its dazzling intellectual and artistic life.
The centerpiece of Vienna: City of Dreams is seven concerts to launch and conclude the festival at Carnegie Hall by the renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera, led by esteemed conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Andris Nelsons, and Zubin Mehta. Vienna has long been known as a crucible for creativity and great artistic achievements, especially in the area of classical music, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera have both been at the center of the city's artistic life since their inception. Concerts presented as part of Vienna: City of Dreams highlight the roles played by these unparalleled cultural institutions as well as Carnegie Hall's longstanding partnership with the orchestra, which has appeared more than 100 times at the Hall since its 1956 debut-more than any other overseas ensemble.
The residency includes concert performances of Alban Berg's Wozzeck and Richard Strauss's Salome, marking only the second time in their history that the Viennese musicians have performed opera in concert at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra also performs such masterpieces as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; Bruckner's Symphony No. 6; Brahms's Symphony No. 3; Schubert's Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished;" and Mahler's Symphony No. 4, concerts featuring core symphonic repertoire for which the ensemble has long been known.
The Vienna: City of Dreams celebration extends throughout New York City with festival events at leading cultural institutions, crossing arts disciplines to include music, film, visual arts, panel discussions, and even a Viennese Opera Ball, which launches the festival on February 21. Carnegie Hall has launched a special website carnegiehall.org/vienna, which features information on festival events, interviews with artists, videos introducing the music being performed, and other content designed to illuminate Vienna: City of Dreams offerings. Once the festival begins, Carnegie Hall will also capture video of select performances to be shared alongside this content on the website.