ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE'S ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 CARNEGIE HALL SEASON
Haydn Theme Unites Bernard Labadie's Inaugural Season as Orchestra of St. Luke's Fifth Principal Conductor
Labadie Leads OSL Opening Concert on October 25 in Haydn's "Nelson Mass" and Mozart's Requiem with La Chapelle de Québec and Soloists Including Susan Graham
Labadie returns February 28 for a Program of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven with Guest Artists Soprano Ying Fang and Pianist Paul Lewis;
Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado Leads April 18 Concert, Joined by Pianist Hélène Grimaud, in Works by Ravel, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Haydn
New York, NY, January 25, 2018 - Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) 2018-2019 Subscription Series presented by Carnegie Hall, will open on October 25, 2018, with Bernard Labadie on the podium for his official debut as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra. Works of Haydn are the thematic thread to this 32nd Carnegie Hall subscription season and the three programs will also feature works by younger contemporaries and 20th-century composers he influenced. The program, for the first of three concerts, pairs two great masterworks of the choral repertoire, Haydn's Mass in D Minor, Hob. XXII: 11, "Nelson Mass," and Mozart's Requiem, K. 626.La Chapelle de Québec, the choir founded and directed by Maestro Labadie, makes its first appearance with OSL, joined by guest soloists German tenor Lothar Odinius, French-Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly, and acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
Commenting on the Haydn focus this season and the start of his tenure as Principal Conductor of OSL, Bernard Labadie said, "Haydn has always figured prominently in my repertoire and is a specialty of Orchestra of St. Luke's. I feel a personal connection with his music whose vitality and excitement are second to none. Bringing together my new OSL family with the choir for my opening program as Principal Conductor is a special thrill. I know their exchange of energy and experience will make for a memorable performance."
The second concert of the series, also conducted by Labadie, takes place on February 28, 2019. It features Haydn's Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor, "Farewell," Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19 with soloist Paul Lewis, and a Mozart concert aria taken from a revised scena and rondo from Idomeneo sung by rising soprano Ying Fang.
On April 18, 2019, OSL Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado takes the podium for a program highlighted by Ravel's exuberant Piano Concerto in G Major performed by Hélène Grimaud. The program also pairs Haydn's Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, "Drumroll" with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 which the composer himself designated "Classical" and for which he cites Haydn as his inspiration.