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Orchestra of St. Luke's Kicks Off Three-Concert Residency at Carnegie Hall on 10/12

Orchestra of St. Luke's continues its annual residency at Carnegie Hall this season with a wide variety of concerts in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage celebrating historic milestones, collaborating with notable guest soloists, presenting major masterworks of the classical orchestral repertoire, and premiering new works commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The Orchestra kicks off its residency on Thursday, October 12 at 8:00 p.m. with OSL's first Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado, who concludes his six-year tenure as Principal Conductor. For this special event, the orchestra performs Mozart's "Great" Mass, featuring sopranos Camilla Tilling and Susanna Phillips, tenor Thomas Cooley, bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, led by Joe Miller. The program also includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21.

Violinist Augustin Hadelich performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 with the Orchestra's Principal Conductor Designate Bernard Labadie leading a program that also includes Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony and Joseph Martin Kraus's Olympie Overture on Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Labadie's new role with OSL was announced earlier this year. He begins his tenure as the Orchestra's fifth titled conductor in the 2018-2019 season. This performance marks the first time he has led OSL at Carnegie Hall.

Mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor and pianist Jeremy Denk join the Orchestra, led by conductor Robert Spano, on Thursday, February 15 at 8:00 p.m. for Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and the world premiere of a new work for mezzo-soprano and orchestra by Bryce Dessner, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its 125 Commissions Project. The program also includes Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550.

In addition to OSL's major classical programs at Carnegie Hall this season, the Orchestra, led by conductor Edwin Outwater, returns on Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. for a special Family Concert featuring two premieres narrated by actor John Lithgow. Complemented by vibrant visuals, the concert features three family-friendly stories for orchestra and narrator: Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf; the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's adaptation of The Mountain That Loved a Bird by Alice McLerran, commissioned by Carnegie Hall; and The New York premiere of Robert Xavier Rodriguez's take on a favorite children's book, The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

This spring, OSL takes part in Carnegie Hall's season-long celebration of the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, when conductor Rob Fisher leads the Orchestra in a concert performance of Candide on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with guest artists to be announced. The Orchestra will also continue its partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute through its Link Up program, a music education program for elementary school students which has now surpassed 100 partners across the United States and worldwide. For the past 17 years, Orchestra of St. Luke's has performed the annual culminating interactive concerts for the more than 15,000 public school students in grades 3-5 who participate in the Link Up program in The New York City area. This year's program, The Orchestra Sings, will be performed at Carnegie Hall in May 2018.

About The Artists
Pablo Heras-Casado has been described by The New York Times as "the thinking person's idea of a hotshot young conductor," although his character is better reflected in the quality of the long-term relationships he has developed with orchestras ranging from the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic to the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra; from Staatskapelle Berlin and the Mariinsky Orchestra to Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; and as Principal Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke's and Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid. That character also underlies his commitment as an ambassador for the Spanish charity Ayuda en Acción, supporting and promoting its work to eradicate poverty and injustice internationally.

Musical America's 2014 Conductor of the Year, Pablo Heras-Casado holds the Medalla de Honor of the Rodriguez Acosta Foundation and the Ambassador Award of the Regional Government of Andalusia. In February 2012, he was awarded the Golden Medal of Merit by the Council of Granada, his hometown, of which he is also an Honorary Ambassador.

Bernard Labadie, Orchestra of St. Luke's next principal conductor as of the 2018-2019 season, has established himself worldwide as a leading conductor of Baroque and Classical repertoire, a reputation closely tied to his work as Founding Conductor of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec. With these two ensembles, he has toured Canada, the US, and Europe in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Barbican, The Concertgebouw, and the Salzburg Festival, among others. Mr. Labadie has become a regular presence on the podiums of leading North American orchestras, including The New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta, Montreal, Toronto, and Miami's New World Symphony.

In 2016, Bernard Labadie received the Samuel de Champlain Award in Paris. He was honored with a 2005 appointment as Officer of the Order of Canada and his home province named him a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Québec in 2006. Mr. Labadie is the Orchestra of St. Luke's fifth titled conductor, joining the distinguished roster of Pablo Heras-Casado (2011-2017), Roger Norrington (1990-1994), Charles Mackerras (1998-2001), and Donald Runnicles (2001-2007).

Orchestra of St. Luke's is one of America's most versatile and distinguished orchestras, collaborating with the world's greatest artists and performing approximately 80 concerts each year, including its Carnegie Hall series; chamber music series at The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum; and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. In its 43-year history the Orchestra has commissioned more than 50 new works, has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres; and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners and seven releases on its own label, St. Luke's Collection. In 2017, the Orchestra of St. Luke's announced that renowned Baroque and Classical conductor Bernard Labadie will join the Orchestra as Principal Conductor in the 2018-2019 season. Previous music directors and principal conductors are Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Donald Runnicles, and Conductor Laureate, Pablo Heras-Casado.

Orchestra of St. Luke's grew out of a chamber ensemble that began giving concerts at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, the 21 virtuoso artists of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble make up the Orchestra's artistic core.

Program Information
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor Laureate
Camilla Tilling, Soprano
Susanna Phillips, Soprano
Thomas Cooley, Tenor
Michael Sumuel, Bass-Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor


Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Mass in C Minor, K. 427, "Great"

Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Walter Frisch, Professor of Music, Columbia University.

This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.

Tickets: $33 - $95

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Edwin Outwater, Conductor
John Lithgow, Narrator


ROBERT XAVIER RODRIGUEZ The Dot and the Line (book by Norton Juster; NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
CAROLINE SHAW The Mountain That Loved a Bird (book by Alice McLerran; World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Sergei Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf

Support provided by Wetherby-Pembridge School

Thanks to The New York City Administration for Children's Services and the Department of Homeless Services for supporting families during Family Concerts.

Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from The Irene Diamond Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.

Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

Tickets: $10 - $22

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor Designate
Augustin Hadelich, Violin


Joseph Martin KRAUS Olympie Overture
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, "Jupiter"
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

Tickets: $33 - $95

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Robert Spano, Conductor
Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
Jeremy Denk, Piano


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
BRYCE DESSNER New Work for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor"

Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

Tickets: $33 - $95

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Rob Fisher, Conductor
Artists to be announced

Leonard Bernstein CANDIDE

Major funding for this concert is provided by The Alice Tully Foundation.

Tickets: $47 - $155

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
Ticket Information
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