ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S 2018 WINTER–SPRING SEASON TO OFFER 43 PERFORMANCES INCLUDING A WORLD PREMIERE BY BRYCE DESSNER AND CANDIDE AT CARNEGIE HALL

2018 Chamber Music Season Opens with Two-Part Baroque Series and Concludes in June with Facets of Brahms, Three Intimate Programs Focused on the Music and Life of the Romantic Master The Orchestra Partners with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance for its Month–Long Lincoln Center Spring Season, and Joins MasterVoices for Orphic Moments, an Imaginative Re-telling of the Orpheus Myth with Music by Gluck and Matthew Aucoin, Featuring Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo

New York, NY — Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) 43rd season continues in 2018 with 43 performances in 10 venues throughout New York City. The winter–spring calendar offers wide-ranging programs—from intimate chamber music concerts devoted to Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoire to a world premiere at Carnegie Hall by one of today’s most lauded composers. Additionally, the Orchestra will play music for a legendary dance institution’s Lincoln Center season and collaborate with a renowned choral group on a program that juxtaposes an established work with a new, dramatic oratorio based on the Orpheus myth.

Highlighting the 2018 calendar is OSL’s Chamber Music Season, which launches in January with a program of Vivaldi works for church and stage, featuring St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and guest artist, mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau. Details about the 2018 winter–spring performances follow in this release.

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S CARNEGIE HALL SEASON
Robert Spano “has that great skill in a conductor of making every performance radiate joy,” declared The New York Times. Spano will take the podium when Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns to Carnegie Hall on February 15, for the last concert of its annual subscription series at the hall. The program is highlighted by two works considered signal achievements of their respective forms: Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” with guest artist Jeremy Denk. The program also includes the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Voy a dormir, which will feature Grammy® Award–winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor. The work was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of Carnegie Hall's 125 Commissions Project, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
On April 18, conductor Rob Fisher leads the OSL and a dazzling cast of guest artists in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide—a special performance celebrating the Bernstein centennial.

OSL CHAMBER MUSIC SEASON 2018
The season will unfold in four intimate venues in 2018, and opens with the Baroque Series featuring unearthed and established gems including vocal rarities by Vivaldi, father-and-son Bach, other composers favored by Frederick the Great, and the second season of OSL’s composer-focused, three-week June festival, this year called Facets of Brahms. For the concerts on January 28 & 29, Vivaldi: Church & Stage, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is joined by rising mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau. On April 23 & 29, The Musical Offering & Frederick the Great is highlighted by J.S. Bach’s Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering and includes works by Quantz, Graun, and C.P.E. Bach. Facets of Brahms, featuring readings and special guests, offers perspectives on the musical life of the Romantic-era master in three programs: Seasons of Brahms, June 5, 6 & 10; Brahms & The Schumanns, with pianist Pedja Muzijevic, June 12, 13 & 17; and Brahms & the Search for a Symphony, June 19, 20 & 24. Discussions led by noted scholars, authors, and musicians will take place prior to each Brahms program.

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S AND PAUL TAYLOR AMERICAN MODERN DANCE
OSL continues its partnership with celebrated Paul Taylor American Modern Dance (PTMAD), performing for its multi-week Lincoln Center season March 7–25. The programs feature numerous works by choreographer Paul Taylor, including a world premiere, a signature Trisha Brown work, Set and Reset, danced by members of her company, a recent Lila York work, Continum, and world-premiere commissions from Doug Varone and Bryan Arias. New York City Ballet’s principal dancer Sara Mearns will perform works by Isadora Duncan, reconstructed by Lori Belilove, Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Performing a vast array of musical genres, the Orchestra is led by PTMAD Music Director, maestro Donald York, and maestro David LaMarche.

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S AND MASTERVOICES
MasterVoices (formerly known as The Collegiate Chorale) and Orchestra of St. Luke’s join forces for Orphic Moments at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall May 6 & 7. The innovative production, featuring celebrated countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and conducted by Ted Sperling, pairs Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Matthew Aucoin’s critically acclaimed 2016 dramatic oratorio The Orphic Moment, in an unforgettable re-interpretation of the ancient myth.

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S AT SAINT THOMAS FIFTH AVENUE
On May 9, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble joins the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys for Music for the Eve of Ascension, featuring J.S. Bach’s “Lutheran” Mass in G Minor, BWV 235, the Bach cantata Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37, and Vivaldi’s Introduzione e Gloria.

ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S AT TEMPLE EMANU-EL
Continuing a multi-year partnership, St. Luke’s returns to Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center on May 14 for a spring concert highlighted by Tchaikovsky’s sublime Serenade for Strings, and featuring works by Mozart and Mendelssohn.

OPEN BAR CONCERTS AT THE DIMENNA CENTER
Relaxed seating, drinks, and conversation with the musicians are all on tap for three intimate and casual chamber music concerts at OSL’s home in Hell’s Kitchen. The three programs are part of the 2018 Chamber Music Season and feature the same works, guest artists, and musical configurations: Vivaldi: Church & Stage on January 26; The Musical Offering & Frederick the Great on April 27; and Brahms & the Schumanns on June 15.

 

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