BERNARD LABADIE'S INAUGURAL SEASON AS ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE'S PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR KICKS OFF WITH OPENING CARNEGIE HALL SERIES CONCERT ON OCTOBER 25, 2018
Program Features Haydn's "Nelson Mass" and Mozart's Requiem with Soprano Lauren Snouffer, Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham, Tenor Lothar Odinius, Bass-Baritone Philippe Sly, and La Chapelle de Québec
New York, NY, October 2, 2018 - Orchestra of St. Luke's Carnegie Hall 32nd-annual series concerts commences this season on October 25 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, marking the official start of Bernard Labadie's tenure as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra. Bernard Labadie and OSL have chosen Haydn as the theme for his inaugural season, showcasing the Ensemble's strong affinity for this composer. Curated with an eye to interesting musical juxtapositions, the series will offer a variety of perspectives on Haydn's music and influence.
The opening concert on October 25 features La Chapelle de Québec, the choir founded and directed by Maestro Labadie, in its first appearance with OSL. The program pairs Haydn's Mass in D Minor, Hob. XXII: 11, "Nelson Mass," in Haydn's original orchestration with Mozart's Requiem, K. 626, in the version completed by Robert Levin. Acclaimed soloists include American soprano Lauren Snouffer and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, German tenor Lothar Odinius, and Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly.
Orchestra of St. Luke's dedicates this performance to the loving memory of its dear friend and colleague, Charles Hamlen, who served as the Orchestra's Artistic Advisor. His joy in music and musicians created a wellspring of inspiration for all who knew him.
The second concert of the series, also conducted by Labadie, takes place on February 28. It features Haydn's Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor, "Farewell" in all its theatricality, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19 with soloist Paul Lewis in his concerto debut in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, and a Mozart concert aria taken from a revised scena and rondo from Idomeneo sung by rising soprano Ying Fang.
On April 18, 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.