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James Levine Leads the MET Orchestra in Five Carnegie Hall Performances, Beg. 10/12

James Levine Leads the MET Orchestra in Five Carnegie Hall Performances, Beg. 10/12

In the upcoming season, James Levine leads musicians from The MET Orchestra in five programs at Carnegie Hall with a wide array of acclaimed soloists as guest artists. The series begins with The MET Orchestra on Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, performing Mahler's Symphony No. 9 as well as Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 with soloist Maurizio Pollini.

The following month marks the return of The MET Chamber Ensemble to Weill Recital Hall on Sunday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m. Maestro Levine conducts the program of works by Berg, Webern, and Strauss, plus Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire with soprano Kiera Duffy.

The orchestra is back in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. with Maestro Levine conducting Berg's Seven Early Songs with mezzo-soprano El?na Garan?a, Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C Major, and Elliott Carter'sThree Illusions.

The MET Chamber Ensemble plays the world premiere of Carter's The American Sublime on Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Also on the program is Stravinsky's Octet; Ives's From the Steeples and the Mountains and Scherzo: Over the Pavements; John Cage's Atlas Eclipticalis; and Charles Wuorinen's It Happens Like This featuring bass-baritone Evan Hughes.

The MET Orchestra concludes its Carnegie Hall season on Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with a performance of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, in addition to Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with pianist Yefim Bronfman.

About the Artists
Since his June 5, 1971, debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Tosca, Music Director James Levinehas developed a relationship with the company that is unparalleled in its history and unique in the musical world today. He conducted the first-ever Met performances of Mozart's Idomeneo and La clemenza di Tito, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex, Verdi's I vespri Siciliani, I lombardi and Stiffelio, Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Schoenberg's Erwartung andMoses und Aron, Berg's Lulu, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini, as well as the world premieres of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles and John Harbison's The Great Gatsby. All told, he has led nearly 2,500 performances of 85 different operas at the Met. Maestro Levine inaugurated the "Metropolitan Opera Presents" television series for PBS in 1977, founded the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 1980, returned Wagner's complete Der Ring des Nibelungen to the repertoire in 1989 (in the first integral cycles in over 35 years there). Expanding on that tradition, he and the MET Orchestra began touring in concert in 1991, and since then have performed around the world as well as in its own subscription series at Carnegie Hall. He returns to the Met podium this fall, resuming his typical schedule of six operas in the 2014-2015 season. His first opera is Richard Eyre's new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, which opens the Met season on September 22. Maestro Levine also conducts five revivals this season, leading Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann; Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress; Verdi's Ernani, which he has not conducted at the Met since 1983, and Un Ballo in Maschera; and Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

The MET Orchestra is today regarded as one of the world's finest orchestras. From the time of the company's inception in 1883, the ensemble has worked with leading conductors in both opera and concert performances and has developed into an orchestra of enormous technical polish and style. The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-2015 season features many of the world's greatest singers, conductors, and theater artists in 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world's leading singers, conductors, and theater artists.

Program Information
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Maurizio Pollini, Piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Tickets: $46-$165
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Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Weill Recital Hall
The MET Chamber Ensemble
James Levine, Artistic Director and Conductor
Kiera Duffy, Soprano

ALBAN BERG Adagio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano from Chamber Concerto
ALBAN BERG Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
ANTON WEBERN Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7
JOHANN STRAUSS "Rosen aus dem Süden," Op. 388 (arr. Schoenberg)
ANTON WEBERN Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21

Tickets: $95
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Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
El?na Garan?a, Mezzo-Soprano

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
ALBAN BERG Seven Early Songs
ELLIOTT CARTER Three Illusions
ROBERT SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

Tickets: $42-$150
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Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
The MET Chamber Ensemble
James Levine, Artistic Director and Conductor
Evan Hughes, Bass-Baritone

IGOR STRAVINSKY Octet
CHARLES IVES From the Steeples and the Mountains
CHARLES IVES Scherzo: Over the Pavements
ELLIOTT CARTER The American Sublime (World Premiere)
JOHN CAGE Atlas Eclipticalis
CHARLES WUORINEN It Happens Like This

Tickets: $63, $75
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Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The MET Orchestra
James Levine, Music Director and Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Tickets: $42-$150

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