WQXR and Carnegie Hall Kick Off 2nd Annual "Carnegie Hall Live" on Opening Night with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

WQXR and Carnegie Hall Present the Second Annual

A Season-Long Series of Live National Radio Broadcasts and Digital Streams

Vibrant Series Kicks Offs on Wednesday, October 
3 at 7pm ET
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

(New York, NY -- September 27, 2012) – Following the success of its inaugural year, CARNEGIE HALL LIVE returns with a new slate of live broadcasts from the stages of New York’s premier concert hall’s 2012-2013 season.

This rich broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR – the nation’s most listened-to classical radio station -- and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media, kicks off on Wednesday, October 3 at 7pm (ET) with Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night concert by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Riccardo Muti performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The series includes a highly anticipated performance by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel (December 10), presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s vibrant and ambitious Voices from Latin America festival; the always delightful pairing of American opera greats Renée Fleming and Susan Graham (January 27); and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, led by Daniel Barenboim, as they complete their Beethoven cycle at Carnegie Hall with the Second and Ninth symphonies (February 3).

Returning for the second year of CARNEGIE HALL LIVE is the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), with the The Monteverdi Choir, led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner performing Beethoven’s superb Missa solemnis (November 17). ORR’s stunning performance at Carnegie Hall last season, hailed by The New York Times as “fresh and strange, with gutsy, brash and rasping instrumental voices united in triumph,” was captured by WQXR and will be released as a CD on the Soli Deo Gloria label in October 2012.

Additional CARNEGIE HALL LIVE dates and programs are listed below and include concerts by the Belcea Quartet, The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, the Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann, Ensemble Matheus, and performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos, part of a creative learning project from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. 

CARNEGIE HALL LIVE is broadcast on WQXR in New York, and on classical stations across the country including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami and Minneapolis.  All concerts are hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child, and are available for live streaming on www.wqxr.org and www.carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Select concerts will be made available for on-demand streaming post-broadcast.  

In addition to a smartly-curated roster of live concerts, CARNEGIE HALL LIVE will once again offer an engaging digital platform that, last year, connected national and international fans to the music and to each other.  During every live broadcast, WQXR, Carnegie Hall and digital partner NPR Music will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room on www.wqxr.org and www.carnegiehall.org. Through NPR Music’s live event application and Twitter hashtag #CHLive, the online audience will be able to both chat with each other and the hosts, and to submit questions to be answered during the intermission, building community and interactivity around the music. The digital hub will also include web exclusives including behind the scenes videos, interviews with conductors and performers, and photographs of the productions.

Tied to the broadcast series, www.wqxr.org/carnegiehalllive will stream live and on-demand audio; special videos of performers in WQXR’s “Café Concerts”; “Top 5 at 105” videos featuring conductors talking about their favorite pieces and recordings; Carnegie Hall-produced video profiles; and photo galleries from each performance. 

Carnegie Hall Live captures the spirit of WQXR’s mission – to bring the vibrancy and energy of the New York City concert hall experience to listeners around the corner and around the globe,” said Graham Parker, Vice President, WQXR. “We are delighted to once again partner with Carnegie Hall to allow listeners on-air and online to enjoy and engage with some of the finest artistry from one of the best concert halls in the world.”

“It's been wonderful, through Carnegie Hall Live, to bring the music making of many of the world's finest artists to audiences around the world,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director.  “Every concert at Carnegie Hall is special.  We're very happy, through our continued collaboration with WQXR and American Public Media, to expand the circle of listeners who can share these experiences, engaging with the best in music." 


Wednesday, October 3 at 7pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
Rosa Feola, Soprano
Antonio Giovannini, Countertenor
Audun Iversen, Baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, Chorus Director
Chicago Children's Choir
Josephine Lee, Artistic Director
CARL ORFF Carmina Burana

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall

Belcea Quartet
·· Corina Belcea-Fisher, Violin
·· Axel Schacher, Violin
·· Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
·· Antoine Lederlin, Cello
String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

Saturday, November 17 at 7:30pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Artistic Director and Conductor
Rebecca Evans, Soprano
Jennifer Johnston, Mezzo-Soprano
Michael Spyres, Tenor
Matthew Rose, Bass
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Missa solemnis, Op. 123

Monday, December 10 at 8pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director and Conductor
CARLOS CHÁVEZ Sinfonía india
JULIÁN ORBÓN Tres versiones sinfónicas
SILVESTRE REVUELTAS La noche de los Mayas

Thursday, January 17 at 8pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
OSVALDO GOLIJOV Violin Concerto (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall) 
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

Sunday, January 27 at 8pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

, Soprano
, Mezzo-Soprano
, Piano
Program to be announced

Sunday, February 3 at 2pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Soloists to be announced
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall


Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Director and Violin
Veronica Cangemi, Soprano
Laurence Paugam, Violin
Jérôme Pernoo, Cello
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Frondi tenere" from Xerses
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL "Ombra mai fù" from Xerses
ANTONIO VIVALDI "Zeffiretti che sussurate" from Ercole su’l Termodonte, RV 710
ANTONIO VIVALDI "Gelosia" from Ottone in Villa
ANTONIO VIVALDI "Se mai senti" from Catone in Utica, RV 705
ANTONIO VIVALDI "Siam navi all'onde algenti" from L’Olimpiade
C.P.E. BACH Concerto for Cello in A Minor
ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, Cello, Strings, and Continuo from L'estro armonico, Op. 3, No. 11
NICOLA ANTONIO PORPORA Concerto in G Major for Cello

Sunday, March 10 at 3pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


Orquesta La Pasión
Mikael Ringquist, Leader
Gonzalo Grau, Leader
Robert Spano, Conductor
Jessica Rivera, Soprano
Luciana Souza, Vocalist
Reynaldo González-Fernández, Afro-Cuban Singer and Dancer
Deraldo Ferreira, Capoeirista and Berimbau
Members of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela
Maria Guinand, Chorus Director
David Rosenmeyer, Music Supervisor
Forest Hills High School
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts
Songs of Solomon
OSVALDO GOLIJOV La Pasión según San Marcos

Wednesday, March 20 at 8pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
Yuja Wang, Piano
SAMUEL CARL ADAMS Drift and Providence (NY Premiere)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall

, Piano

·· Sara Bitlloch, Violin
·· Donald Grant, Violin
·· Martin Saving, Viola
·· Marie Bitlloch, Cello
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493
LEOŠ JANÁČEK String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
TIMOTHY ANDRES New Work for Piano and String Quartet (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
ROBERT SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47

Friday, April 19 at 8pm
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage


Christian Thielemann, Conductor
ANTON BRUCKNER Symphony No. 8 in C Minor


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