Lincoln Center Unveils 2014-15 Great Performers Season
The 49th season of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series, which will run from November 2, 2014 through May 10, 2015, was announced today by Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director. Highlighting the season are the return of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, led by Riccardo Chailly and of Michael Tilson Thomasconducting the London Symphony Orchestra. The "Art of the Song" series returns in 2015 with recitals by four outstanding vocal artists. The 2014-2015 season also features a period-instrument chamber orchestra series, a recital series, and a film series, and includes pre- and post-concert discussions and lectures. A new series, "Complimentary Classical" will bring four compelling string quartets to the David Rubenstein Atrium in free concerts in 2015.
The renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, led by its chief conductor Riccardo Chailly, opens the Great Performersseason, and the "Symphonic Masters" series, on November 9 with the first of two concerts in Avery Fisher Hall. The opener pairs Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 4 with Bruckner's monumental Symphony No. 7, given its premiere in 1884 by the Orchestra; the second concert on November 10 features Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 and violinist Nikolaj Znaider in Beethoven's Violin Concerto.
Jane Moss said, "Every Great Performers season is a celebration of exceptional musical virtuosity and artistic interpretation. Next season, it's a special pleasure to showcase the world's finest orchestras, chamber ensembles, and recitalists on our stages. Significant highlights include the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the return of conductors Ivan Fischer, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and William Christie, performances by singers such as Natalie Dessay and Simon Keenlyside, as well as the sublime artistry of Joshua Bell and Emanuel Ax among many others-all performing profound musical masterpieces that move us deeply and expand our spirit."
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Next season's Great Performers presentations will open in November, after the fifth edition of the critically-acclaimed White Light Festival, which begins on October 7 with the Berlin Philharmonic performing Peter Sellars' stunning, St. Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach.
The "Symphonic Masters" series continues on January 18, 2015, with the return of Maestro Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra with a program of Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with soloist Renaud Capuçon. On January 21, Pinchas Zuckerman joins the Orchestra for Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 ("Turkish") and the evening closes with Brahms Symphony No. 1. On February 22, Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to Lincoln Center with theRotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra joined by Nicholas Angelich for Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1, and works of Dutch composer Rudolf Escher and Tchaikovsky. The London Symphony Orchestra, led by its Principal Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas closes the series with a March 18 concert that features pianist Yuja Wang in Gershwin's Concerto in F, Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. Tilson Thomas last visited Great Performers in April 1995 when he led the New World Symphony Orchestra in two programs. He has not appeared in New York leading the LSO since 1992. All "Symphonic Masters" concerts take place in Avery Fisher Hall.
Next season's "Chamber Orchestras" series at Alice Tully Hall offers four renowned European period-instrument ensembles. Following a triumphant performance of Aci, Galatea e Polifemo this past October at the White Light Festival, Le Concert d'Astrée, led by its founder, harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm, returns to Lincoln Center with an all-Handel program on November 30. Joining Haïm for the centerpiece of the program-excerpts from Giulio Cesare in Egitto-are acclaimed soprano Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra and rising French countertenor Christophe Dumaux as Caesar.
A Lincoln Center favorite, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment returns on February 28 with guest conductor Adam Fischerleading a program that includes Brahms' Violin Concerto with soloist Viktoria Mullova and Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World").
William Christie brings the latest crop of young artists from Le Jardin des Voix to the stage of Alice Tully Hall on April 23 as he leads them and the musicians of Les Arts Florissants in a program of works by Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Stradella, Steffani, Caldara, and Cimarosa.
The "Chamber Orchestras" series concludes on May 10 with Italian ensemble Europa Galante returning to Lincoln Center after a 10-year absence, under the direction of its founder, conductor and violinist Fabio Biondi. The program offers three Mozart Symphonies-Nos. 10, 11 and 13-all composed while Mozart was in Milan, along with works by 17th- and early 18th-century Milanese composers whose music the young prodigy would likely have been exposed to on his three Italian journeys.
The 2014-2015 "Virtuoso Recitals" series presents exclusive New York recitals by five preeminent artists in four concerts. On January 29, 2015, pianist Garrick Ohlsson marks the Scriabin anniversary (d. 1915) year with a program of the Russian composer's Sonatas No. 5 and No. 7 ("White Mass") and Désir, along with works by Russian contemporaries Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. Joshua Bell offers a recital on March 4, and later that month, on March 30, violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianistPaul Lewis perform a duo recital of works by Schubert and Bach. Concluding the "Virtuoso Recitals" series on May 7 is pianistEmanuel Ax with a program of works by Debussy and Chopin. All "Chamber Orchestras" concerts take place in Alice Tully Hall.