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Lincoln Center “Great Performers” 2012-2013 season announced

New York’s Lincoln Center has announced the line-up for their “Great Performers” series in the coming 2012-2013 season.  Their press release (available HERE) leads by mentioning a visit by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, specifically highlighting the New York premiere of John Adams’ oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary in a staged performance, before referring to any other artists in the season.

The press release goes on to mention that the staged version of the work will receive its world premiere in Los Angeles during the coming season, a tidbit not yet released by the local team.  Peter Sellars will direct. More details include:

The oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists is based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and Jesus’ Passion, as well as contemporary texts by Latin-, Native-and African-American writers, in a fresh approach to similar materials that long-time collaborators John Adams and Peter Sellars explored with El Niño. The libretto, by Sellars, draws from the works of the Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdrich, and June Jordan. Three countertenors serve as narrators. The roles will be performed by Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings and Nathan Medley. The role of Mary Magdalene will be sung by Kelley O’Connor, and that of Martha by Tamara Mumford.

The LA Phil will give a second concert in NY that will include three programmatic works:  Zipangu by Claude Vivier, La Mer by Claude Debussy, and the 1945 version of The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.  Taken together, the two concerts represent the kind of progressive programming that the orchestra became known for under Esa-Pekka Salonen and which some writers have lamented has been missing in prior LA Phil tours under Mr. Dudamel.

Speaking of Mr. Salonen, he’ll be bringing his current orchestra, the Philharmonia, to Avery Fisher Hall as well.  They’ll be offering two programs:  a concert performance of Berg’s Wozzeck (Simon Keenlyside in the title role, Angela Denoke as Marie), and Mahler’s Ninth Symphony.

There are many other orchestras, chamber groups, and soloists also being presented.  Among them include:

  • Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony in two all-Brahms concerts, joined by James Ehnes for the Violin Concerto and Denis Matsuev in the Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer, conducting:   Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite; Bernstein Serenadewith Janine Jansen (violin); Rachmaninoff’s  Symphony No. 1
  • Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic in two concerts:   Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Vadim Repin, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Hélène Grimaud, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet in an all-Debussy piano recital
  • András Schif’s “Bach Project” involving two concerts: the first with the complete French Suites and the Overture in the French Style; the second with the complete English Suites
  • Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Conductor: A concert of Charpentier sacred motets
  • “Music on Film:  Great Pianists of the 20th Century,” four programs at the Walter Reade Theater featuring Alfred Brendel, Arthur Rubenstein, Michelangeli and Gilels, and Richter, the Enigma
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