ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S OPENS ITS CARNEGIE HALL SERIES ON OCTOBER 12 WITH
MOZART’S “GREAT” MASS AND BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN C MAJOR

Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado Leads the Orchestra, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and Guest Soloists Camilla Tilling, Susanna Phillips,
Thomas Cooley and Michael Sumuel in Mozart’s Unfinished Masterpiece

New York, NY, September 26, 2017Mozart’s “Great” Mass and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 share the program when Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs its first Carnegie Hall concert of the season on Thursday, October 12. Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado takes the podium and is joined by guest artists the Westminster Symphonic Choir, sopranos Camilla Tilling and Susanna Phillips, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass-baritone Michael Sumuel. The 8PM concert takes place in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage where Walter Frisch, Professor of Music, Columbia University will give a pre-concert talk at 7PM.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 8PM
Mozart's "Great" Mass with Heras-Casado
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor
Camilla Tilling, Soprano
Susanna Phillips, Soprano
Thomas Cooley, Tenor
Michael Sumuel, Bass-Baritone
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1
MOZART Mass in C Minor, K. 427


TICKETS
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About the Program
The spirit of Bach—particularly his Mass in B Minor—informs the grand choral writing of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. The influence of the florid Italian operatic style is evident in the works’ “Laudamus te,” a coloratura mezzo-soprano showpiece, and in the tender soprano aria “Et incarnatus est.” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 honors Haydn’s symphonic model with more adventurous harmonies and a more robust role for winds and brass.

The Orchestra’s upcoming Carnegie Hall engagements include a matinee Family Concert on October 14. Narrated by actor John Lithgow, and led by conductor Edwin Outwater, it features Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s The Mountain That Loved a Bird, and the New York premiere of Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s The Dot and the Line. The next concert in the Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall subscription series—a program of works by Kraus, Beethoven, and Mozart, led by Principal Conductor Designate Bernard Labadie—takes place on December 7.

OSL’s 43rd season offers an adventurous range of orchestral and chamber music with more than 80 performances in close to 20 venues across all five boroughs, including more than 30 free performances, school concerts, and community events.

For Orchestra of St. Luke’s full 2017-2018 season, visit OSLmusic.org.

About Orchestra of St. Luke’s and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble

Now in its 43rd year, Orchestra of St. Luke’s grew out of a versatile chamber ensemble that began performing concerts at New York’s Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Today, OSL performs approximately 80 concerts each year, including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series, performances with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center, summer concerts at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and Chamber Music Series at The Morgan Library & Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center. A champion of new music, St. Luke’s has commissioned more than 50 new works, and given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres in its 43-year history, including the New York premiere of John Adams’s Nixon in China and the world premieres of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem, Steve Reich’s Duet, and William Bolcom’s The Hawthorne Tree. The Orchestra has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including four Grammy Award winners, and seven releases on its own label. OSL owns and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, which provides rehearsal, recording, teaching, and performance space for more than 30,000 musicians annually, hosts free concerts and events for more than 11,000 New York City students and families, and provides after-school instrumental instruction for the 125+ members of the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s. For more information, visit OSLmusic.org.

About Pablo Heras-Casado, Conductor Laureate
Musical America’s 2014 Conductor of the Year, Orchestra of St. Luke’s Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado enjoys an unusually varied career encompassing the great symphonic and operatic repertoire, historically-informed performance, and cutting-edge contemporary scores. His tenure as Principal Conductor of St. Luke’s began in 2012, and he led his final concert in that role this summer for the St. Luke’s concerts at Caramoor. He is the first Conductor Laureate in the Ensemble’s history. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor at Teatro Real since 2014. The 2017/2018 season will be Heras-Casado’s first as Director of Granada’s International Festival of Music and Dance.

Heras-Casado’s 2017/2018 engagements include returns to the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and Salzburg’s Mozartwoche. He continues his touring and recording partnerships with the Balthasar Neumann Chor & Ensemble, focusing on works of Monteverdi, and Freiburger Barockorchester, with programs devoted to Beethoven and Mendelssohn. In May and June 2018, he’ll conduct the Spanish premiere of Bernd Alöis Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten, for six performances at Teatro Real. In June 2018, Heras-Casado takes the podium at the new Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to lead the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in four performances of works by Brahms and Dvořák.

Heras-Casado records for harmonia mundi, as well as Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv Produktion.