Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) will enter into a new phase of development with a 2012/2013 season marked by notable artistic collaborations and chamber music programs and the Carnegie Hall main stage debut of its recently-appointed Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. The season kicks off with the free Subway Series and food drive, reflecting OSL's continuing commitment to community engagement throughout New York City and at its state-of-the-art new home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.
"We look forward to returning to all our major venues this season with St. Luke's outstanding musicians and some of the world's most talented guest artists," said OSL President and Executive Director Katy Clark. "We are particularly enthusiastic about continuing to work with our new Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who has provided new creative leadership for the orchestra and helped us explore new possibilities in our programming."
"This season marks the beginning of a new chapter in my career. I am excited about getting to know music lovers in New York better through an orchestra with a sterling reputation and deep roots in the city," said OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.
Carnegie Hall Series
Conductor Nicholas McGegan will open OSL's annual Carnegie Hall series on November 1, 2012 with a program of Haydn and Mozart that includes cellist and MacArthur 'Genius' Alisa Weilerstein performing Haydn's virtuosic Cello Concerto No. 2. This will be maestro McGegan's first performance with OSL at Carnegie Hall.
Making his debut on the Carnegie Hall main stage, OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado will conduct a broad collection of works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Schumann on February 7, 2013-including the U.S. premiere of Debussy's Five Préludes (orch. Hans Zender) and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring the distinguished pianist Christian Zacharias. This will be Zacharias' and Heras-Casado's first collaboration. In previewing this concert, Heras-Casado said, "I think it's very important to bring the Five Préludes to audiences in the U.S. for the first time. The work respects the essence of Debussy's music, with a new light that is cast from Hans Zender, the famous German conductor and composer who wrote the arrangement for small orchestra in 1991."
Following a sold-out performance last season, Iván Fischer will once again close out OSL's orchestra series, performing J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion before Easter Sunday on March 28, 2013 with the superb New York City-based chorus Musica Sacraand soloists soprano Dominique Labelle, mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj, tenor John Tessier and bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann.
Throughout the season OSL will perform in three additional concerts on the main stage of Carnegie Hall outside of its annual orchestra series. On December 21, 2012 the orchestra will join the illustrious New York Virtuoso Singers for their first concert together at Carnegie Hall, performing Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation.
OSL returns to Carnegie Hall on March 14, 2013 to reunite with one of its longtime collaborators, soprano Renée Fleming. As part of Ms. Fleming's Perspectives residency at Carnegie Hall, OSL will perform a semi-staged production of André Previn's opera A Streetcar Named Desire, based on the play by Tennessee Williams.
On April 20, 2013 OSL will join a festival chorus of young singers from around the country for a performance of the Mozart Requiem in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. John Nelson will conduct the program, and Kent Tritle will prepare the chorus.
On April 12 and 13, 2013 OSL will take part in The Rite of Spring at 100 presented by Carolina Performing Arts and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This year-long, multidisciplinary centennial commemoration will explore the impact of The Rite of Spring and what the work means today. Together with Basil Twist,a third-generation puppeteer and one of the most creative performers in contemporary theater, OSL will perform a world premiere "ballet without dancers" inspired by Stravinsky's masterwork. Twist will also stage his new versions of Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Fireworks with OSL.
On November 8, 2012 OSL will once again accompany the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys to perform Brahms' German Requiem at the stunning Saint Thomas Church in midtown Manhattan.
Chamber Music Series
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble will return to The Morgan Library & Museum and Brooklyn Museum to present three programs that range from the Baroque era to a new, commissioned work. Beginning with Baroque In Pieces on October 14, 17 and 19, 2012, St. Luke's renowned chamber musicians will present the musical dialogue that spanned across Italy, France and Germany throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.
Later in the season, on March 3, 6 and 8, 2013, Spin Paris will feature music by three composers who defined French music at the turn of the 20th century, along with a world premiere by American composer Sean Shepherd, whose work reflects a French musical sensibility. To close the series, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble will perform Three Part Inventions on April 28, May 1 and 3, 2013, tracing the evolution of the trio over a period of 125 years with works by Schubert, Brahms and Bartók.
On September 20 and 21, 2012 St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and Baryshnikov Arts Center's will co-present Whirlwind-an all-wind program featuring Mozart's Gran Partita and György Ligeti's Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet. The performance will take place at the Jerome Robbins Theater, with set design by renowned visual artist Anne Patterson and lighting design by Matt Frey. This will be OSL's second co-production with BAC since moving into their shared home at 450 West 37th Street in Manhattan.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ARTS EDUCATION
As part of its ongoing community programs, OSL travels to each of the five boroughs every year to present five free concerts in St. Luke's Subway Series. This year's concerts will take place September 14 – 30, 2012, featuring Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major and selections from John's Book of Alleged Dances by American composer John Adams. The concerts will also include a food drive in partnership with the New York City nonprofit City Harvest. At each event, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to support New York City's homeless. New York's own Melt Bakery will also sell their gourmet ice cream sandwiches immediately following each performance.