ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE'S ANNOUNCES THREE-WEEK BACH FESTIVAL, JUNE 6-22, 2019 EXPLORING THE THEME OF TRANSFORMATION WITH 15 PERFORMANCES IN THREE VENUES: CARNEGIE HALL'S ZANKEL HALL, THE DIMENNA CENTER FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC, AND MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC'S NEIDORFF-KARPATI HALL
Orchestra of St. Luke's in Association with Carnegie Hall Presents Three Festival Programs in Zankel Hall, Including the U.S. Premiere of Bernard Labadie's Orchestral Setting of the Goldberg Variations
OSL, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, and Manhattan School of Music Offer First Complete Presentation of All Taylor's Six Works Set to Bach's Music, with World Premieres by Pam Tanowitz and Margie Gillis, in the Taylor Company's Only Major NYC Appearance in the 2018-19 Season
Two Intimate Keyboard Recitals at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music: Virtuoso Harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï Performs Goldberg Variations and Pianist Pedja Muzijevic Performs Bach Dialogues
New York, NY - Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) has announced a new initiative, a three-week, multi-disciplinary Bach Festival featuring 15 concerts across three venues in Manhattan, June 6-22, 2019. The programmatic centerpieces include performances by Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Goldberg Variations, which receives two interpretations - including the U.S. premiere of Bernard Labadie's orchestral setting - and provides the Festival theme: "Transformation."
The Festival opens on Thursday, June 6 with a rare performance of Bach's own arrangement of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater led by Maestro Labadie, who begins his tenure as OSL's Principal Conductor this season, and guest artists soprano Lydia Teuscher and countertenor Benno Schachtner at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.
Throughout all three weeks of the Festival, Orchestra of St. Luke's and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance offer a major artistic milestone, the first complete presentation of all six of Taylor's dances to the music of Bach. This historic presentation is augmented with significant world premieres set to Bach's music by Pam Tanowitz and Margie Gillis. The three programs will be performed in rotation across ten performances at Manhattan School of Music's newly renovated 650-seat art deco gem, Neidorff-Karpati Hall. This will be the Paul Taylor Dance Company's only major NYC appearance in the 2018-19 season.
These dance performances are dedicated to the memory of visionary American choreographer Paul Taylor.
Maestro Labadie and the Orchestra of St. Luke's return to Zankel Hall in the Festival's second week for a program celebrating Bach's virtuosity. Featuring orchestral suites, sinfonias, and concerti, Labadie will showcase soloists from the Orchestra.
Bernard Labadie conceived the third week of the Festival to include contrasting versions of Bach's Goldberg Variations on consecutive evenings. French harpsichord virtuoso, Pierre Hantaï, will perform the original version in the intimate setting of The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, with seating in the round and lighting design by Burke Brown. The next evening, Labadie will lead OSL in the U.S. premiere of his own setting of the Goldberg Variations for Baroque ensemble in Zankel Hall.
The third week also features visionary programmer and pianist Pedja Muzijevic, who will give the first performance of his new program Bach Dialogues, which juxtaposes keyboard music of Bach with music of our time. Previous Dialogues programs have been presented to great acclaim by Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, and The Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
To extend the Bach Festival throughout the city, OSL is working with the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists to program Bach's music in churches in all five boroughs during the Festival.
Said Maestro Labadie, "As I start my tenure as OSL's Principal Conductor, I look forward to exploring the transformative nature of Bach with these wonderful musicians next June. It is such a pleasure to launch this exciting new initiative in New York City, where an increased dose of Bach should hopefully be welcomed by a wide audience."
James Roe, President and Executive Director, added "This ambitious Festival grew naturally from our strong partnerships, the vitality of our musicians, and the vision of our new Principal Conductor, Bernard Labadie. We are excited to expand our presence in Carnegie Hall and our contribution to the artistic life of New York City. These six Taylor dances - marvels of choreographic invention and sophisticated musicality - are a cornerstone of our repertoire, and we're excited to perform them back-to-back for the first time," said Paul Taylor Dance Foundation Artistic Director Michael Novak. "In commissioning choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Margie Gillis to create works set to Bach's music on his Company, Mr. Taylor is fulfilling another facet of his vision for PTAMD. This will be a glorious opportunity for artists and audiences alike."