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VIDEO: The Met Orchestra Rehearses Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony Ahead of Carnegie Hall Concert 5/18

In the video below, Mirga Gražynit?-Tyla leads the Met Orchestra in the finale of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony in preparation for the ensemble's May 18 performance at Carnegie Hall.

With a seductive whisper of winds, horns, harp, and strings, Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune ushered in a new world of music where the relationship of harmony, melody, rhythm, and orchestral color were beautifully blurred. There's nothing hazy, however, about the visceral struggle with fate that's the essence of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, nor in the work's thrilling, life-affirming finale. There's more Russian music when mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.

Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla-a native of Vilnius, Lithuania-was named music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) in February 2016, following in the footsteps of Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, and Andris Nelsons.

Ms. Gražinyt?-Tyla has electrified audiences as a guest conductor all over the world. In Europe, she has collaborated with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Bavarian Radio Chorus, and MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, and Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin. She has enjoyed a dynamic collaboration with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica on numerous European tours. She has led operas in Heidelberg, Salzburg, Berlin, and Bern, where she served as Kapellmeister. In North America, she has worked with the Seattle and San Diego symphonies, and made her New York conducting debut with the Juilliard Orchestra.

With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ms. Gražinyt?-Tyla was a Dudamel Fellow in the 2012-2013 season, assistant conductor for two seasons (2014-2016), and associate conductor for the 2016-2017 season. She was music director of the Salzburger Landestheater from 2015 until 2017. Winner of the 2012 Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, she subsequently made her debut with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in a symphonic concert at the Salzburg Festival.

Highlights of her 2017-2018 season include an extensive tour of Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland) with the CBSO, and returns to the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She also makes debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is 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 MET Orchestra (as the ensemble is referred to when appearing in concert outside the opera house) maintains a demanding schedule of performances and rehearsals during its 33-week New York season, when the company performs as many as seven times a week in repertory that this season encompasses 26 operas.

In addition to its opera schedule, the orchestra has a distinguished history of concert performances. Arturo Toscanini made his American debut as a symphonic conductor with the MET Orchestra in 1913, and the impressive list of instrumental soloists who appeared with the orchestra includes Leopold Godowsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Josef Hofmann, Ferruccio Busoni, Jascha Heifetz, Moriz Rosenthal, and Fritz Kreisler. The orchestra's appearances at Carnegie Hall began in 1991, when then-Artistic Director James Levine instituted the annual series. Since the orchestra resumed symphonic concerts in 1991, instrumental soloists have included Itzhak Perlman, Maxim Vengerov, Alfred Brendel, and Evgeny Kissin, and the group has performed six world premieres: Milton Babbitt's Piano Concerto No. 2 (1998), William Bolcom's Symphony No. 7 (2002), Hsueh-Yung Shen's Legend (2002), Charles Wuorinen's Theologoumenon (2007) and Time Regained (2009), and John Harbison's Closer to My Own Life (2011).



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