This year’s Symphonic Masters series selects the world’s best orchestras from America’s West Coast to Scandinavia, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel bringing Bernstein back home (with some Beethoven, too). The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Simon Rattle in his first New York appearance as its music director, will present Mahler’s final three masterworks. Plus, the inimitable violinist Joshua Bell returns with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Our Chamber Orchestras series focuses on period-instrument performances by the world’s best interpreters, from the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Concerto Köln to the Bach Collegium Japan. In a rare New York appearance, the peerless John Eliot Gardiner and his renowned Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists bring semi-staged performances of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and L’incoronazione di Poppea, which represent the origins of opera itself.
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs an all-Beethoven program and violinist Christian Tetzlaff illuminates solo Bach on the Virtuoso Recitals series, which also features pianist Richard Goode and Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta. Art of the Song lifts lieder to new heights with baritone Simon Keenlyside, bass-baritone Gerald Finley, and a special collaboration by tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Paul Lewis. The distinguished Emerson String Quartet pairs late Shostakovich and late Beethoven, and as always, our season is augmented by films, lectures, Sunday morning recitals, and complimentary concerts in the David Rubenstein Atrium.
Please join us as we embark on this season of superb artistry and uplifting musical experiences. I look forward to seeing you often.