Riccardo Muti will conduct the New York Philharmonic in Mozart's Symphony No. 34; Boccherini's Cello Concerto in D, G.479, performed by Philharmonic Principal Cello Carter Brey; and Schubert's Symphony No. 4, Tragic, Wednesday and Thursday, April 14-15, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, at 8:00 p.m.
The program pairs two contemporaries - Mozart (1756-1805, from Salzburg, Austria) and Boccherini (1743-1828, from Lucca, Italy), both great melodists - with the Viennese Schubert (1797-1828), who based his musical textures on the works of Mozart, Haydn, and Rossini, and who became one of the greatest melodists of the next generation. Taken together, these three works paint a vibrant picture of musical life as the Classical era of Mozart and his contemporaries developed into the early Romanticism evinced in Schubert's Fourth Symphony.
• Musical Suppers
The concert on April 16 will be followed by the third of the New York Philharmonic's Musical Suppers - five post-concert repasts featuring menus created by renowned chefs and hosted by food critic Mimi Sheraton. Lidia Bastianich will design the menu for this evening. Remaining Musical Suppers will take place on May 28 (Kurt Gutenbrunner) and June 4 (Daniel Boulud). Tickets are $150 per person in addition to a concert ticket; the suppers will take place at Arpeggio Food & Wine in Avery Fisher Hall. For information, call (212) 875-5656 or visit nyphil.org.
• Pre-Concert Talk
Composer Joelle Wallach will introduce the program one hour before each performance. Tickets are $5 in addition to the concert ticket. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information: nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656
• New York Philharmonic Podcast
Mark Travis, a producer for the WFMT Radio Network since 1999 and the producer of the 52-week-per-year nationally syndicated radio series, The New York Philharmonic This Week, is the producer of this podcast.These award-winning previews of upcoming programs - through musical selections as well as interviews with guest artists, conductors, and Orchestra musicians - are available at nyphil.org/podcast or from iTunes.
Riccardo Muti was born in Naples, Italy, where he studied piano at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella under Vincenzo Vitale, graduating with distinction. He was subsequently awarded a diploma in composition and conducting by the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi," Milan. He first came to the attention of critics and the public in 1967, when he was unanimously awarded first place in the Guido Cantelli Conductors Competition in Milan. The following year he was appointed principal conductor of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a position he maintained until 1980. In 1971 he was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct at the Salzburg Festival, the first of many occasions that led, in 2001, to a celebration of 30 years of artistic collaboration. In 2006 Mr. Muti
was appointed artistic director of Salzburg's Pentecost Festival, and in June 2008 he was
named music director designate of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; he will become its music director in September 2010. In the same season he will start as director of the Rome Opera House. His other past posts have included chief conductor of London's Philharmonia (1972-82) and music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra (1980-92).
From 1986 to 2005 Mr. Muti was music director of Milan's Teatro alla Scala, overseeing projects such as the Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy and the Wagner Ring Cycle, along with classics of the repertoire and lesser-known works. His long tenure culminated on December 7, 2004, in the re-opening of the restored La Scala, with Salieri's Europa riconosciuta, originally commissioned for La Scala's inaugural opening night performance in 1778. In 2004 Mr. Muti founded the "Luigi Cherubini" Youth Orchestra, whose members were chosen from some 600 instrumentalists throughout Italy. On January 27, 2006, Mr. Muti joined the Vienna Philharmonic in celebration of the 250th birthday of Mozart in a worldwide telecast from Salzburg. His most recent tour with the
Vienna Philharmonic was a set of critically acclaimed performances in the U.S. and Mexico in March 2006. Mr. Muti conducted the New York Philharmonic on March 4-5 and 8, 2010, and again on March 10-11 and 13.
Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations under the direction of then-Music Director Kurt Masur, and has since performed as soloist each season.
From the time of Mr. Brey's New York and Kennedy Center debuts in 1982, he has been regularly hailed by audiences and critics for his virtuosity, flawless technique, and complete musicianship. He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prize winner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. He also won the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists' Michaels Award, and other honors, and was the first musician to receive the Arts Council of America's Performing Arts Prize.