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Feb 05, 2013

2013-2014 Great Performers Season Announced

The 48th season of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, which will run from October 2013 through June 2014, was announced today by Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director. The 2013-2014 season features symphonic and period-instrument chamber orchestra concerts, recital series, and a film series, and includes pre- and post-concert discussions and lectures. Events take place in Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theater, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


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London Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink to Open Season with Concerts

Pairing Shostakovich Symphonies with Mozart Piano Concertos Featuring Emanuel Ax

Le Concert d’Astrée Led by Emmanuelle Haïm in Handel’s Early Cantata, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

Concerts by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Include the N.Y. Premiere of New Work by Daníel Bjarnason, and Works by Corigliano, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff

Emerson String Quartet in First Great Performers Appearance with New Cellist Paul Watkins Explores Shostakovich Late Quartets in Three-Concert Series

Other highlights:

Piano Recitals by Nelson Freire, Christian Zacharias, Murray Perahia and Stephen Hough

Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra with Works of Beethoven and Messiaen

Expressing the Soul: Art Song on Film, Four-Part Series Celebrates Great Lieder Singers with Documentaries and Rare Performance Footage

New York, New York, February 5, 2013—The 48th season of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, which will run from October 2013 through June 2014, was announced today by Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director. The 2013-2014 season features symphonic and period-instrument chamber orchestra concerts, recital series, and a film series, and includes pre- and post-concert discussions and lectures. Events take place in Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theater, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Opening the Great Performers season, and the “Symphonic Masters” series, are two concerts in Avery Fisher Hall—October 20 and 21—with the London Symphony Orchestra led by long-time guest conductor Bernard Haitink, and joined by pianist Emanuel Ax, in programs pairing Shostakovich and Mozart. The first concert pairs early works by the composers—Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9; the second concert, late works—Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 with Mozart’s final Piano Concerto, No. 27.

Commenting on the Great Performers 2013-2014 season, Jane Moss said, “Whether it’s the massed forces of The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven’s monumental Mass in C, the Emerson String Quartet plumbing the depths of Shostakovich’s late quartets, or a Bach masterpiece interpreted in an unconventional configuration by the Calefax Reed Quintet, the season promises a wealth of outstanding experiences for music lovers.”

BNY Mellon is a Proud Sponsor of Great Performers.

Joining Great Performers presentations in the fall is the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed White Light Festival, which again will offer genre-crossing and boundary-stretching works, innovative collaborations and productions, commissions and premieres. Information about White Light Festival 2013 will be available in late spring.

Following the LSO on the “Symphonic Masters” schedule is a November 4 concert by The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Franz Welser-Möst in a program highlighted by Beethoven’s Mass in C and Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine. The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Neeme Järvi perform a program of works by Mozart, Sibelius, Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis on November 10. In spring 2014, Gustavo Dudamel returns with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for two concerts, March 16 and 17, highlighted by the New York premiere of a new work by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason, John Corigliano’s moving Symphony No. 1 and pianist Yuja Wang performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. On March 26, Joshua Bell performs and directs the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in works of Brahms and Beethoven. To conclude the series, Iván Fischer returns with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra for two all-Dvorák concerts on June 1 and June 2, featuring soloists Garrick Ohlsson, piano, and Daniel Müller-Schott, cello, respectively. All concerts take place in Avery Fisher Hall.

Period-instrument performance is the focus of next season’s “Chamber Orchestra” series, with three renowned European ensembles taking the stage at Alice Tully Hall. The series launches on October 27 with France’s Le Concert d’Astrée, led by its founder, harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm in a performance of the early Handel dramatic cantata, Aci, Galatea e Polifemo. Ms. Haïm made her critically-acclaimed New York conducting debut in a Great Performers concert in 2004 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and she led Le Concert d’Astrée in its debut in Mostly Mozart 2005. Now she and the “visionary” (BBC Music Magazine) ensemble return with the work that launched her conducting career in Europe in 2000.

The acclaimed Freiburg Baroque Orchestra recently kicked off its 25th anniversary with a performance at Mostly Mozart this past August. The Lincoln Center favorite brings a special, early Valentine’s gift for Bach lovers to Alice Tully Hall on February 5 when its co-directors, violinists Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans, lead the orchestra in Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos.

An early spring bloom comes to Lincoln Center with the return of Les Arts Florissants to conclude the “Chamber Orchestras” series on April 2. The revered ensemble, under William Christie’s direction, will perform a concert version of Rameau’s first comic opera, Platée, in a concert staging based on the production presented at the Theater an der Wien and Opéra Comique.

The 2013-14 “Virtuoso Recitals” series is devoted to the piano. Four eminent artists, three well known to Lincoln Center audiences, and one who has recently returned to the New York recital scene, are scheduled to perform. Opening the series on November 20 is Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire. Long-regarded as one of the giants of the keyboard, Freire had been a rare visitor to New York stages over the past decades, and even more rarely heard in solo recital. Following back-to-back appearances in concerto performances with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in 2011 and 2012, Mr. Freire returns to Lincoln Center for a recital in Alice Tully Hall with a program that features works of Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin.

Christian Zacharias offers a program of Beethoven sonatas and works of Schubert and Schumann on February 13 in Alice Tully Hall. Murray Perahia performs a recital in Avery Fisher Hall on March 9. And winding up the series on April 13 at Alice Tully Hall, English pianist Stephen Hough performs works of Schoenberg, Strauss, Wagner, Bruckner, Brahms and Chopin.

The remarkable Emerson String Quartet embarks on a new chapter in its storied history when the bow is passed from David Finckel to cellist Paul Watkins at the start of the 2013-2014 season. The quartet has long been a favorite of Lincoln Center audiences with regular appearances on the Great Performers and Mostly Mozart Festival schedules since its formation 37 years ago. For the first Great Performers outing in its new configuration, the quartet will explore the late quartets of Shostakovich—Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15—in three concerts in Alice Tully Hall, March 23, April 23 and May 4. Works by Mendelssohn, Britten and Schubert will also be featured across the three evenings.

Expressing the Soul: Art Song on Film is a four-part series in February 2014 in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Classifilms that celebrates some of the greatest exponents of this exquisite art form through documentaries and rarely-seen performance footage. Program 1 on February 8 is devoted to the legendary Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and features the Bruno Monsaingeon documentary Autumn Journey, as well as excerpts from a 1959 recital. Program 2, also on February 8, screens Gérald Caillat’s captivating film Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: A Self-Portrait, in which the 80-year-old singer reminisces about her life and career, alongside short films of the beloved soprano singing Wolf lieder and Strauss songs with orchestra. A trio of extraordinary vocal artists—Christa Ludwig, Arleen Augér and Lucia Popp—are featured in individual performance excerpts on Program 3 on February 12. Thomas Quasthoff is the focus of the final program on February 12 which includes a 2002 concert, 2007 recital, and a recent masterclass by the bass-baritone. The series will take place in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

The New York debut of a classical guitar quartet from Ireland highlights the “Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts” series which will present a total of six recitals in 2013-2014 in the intimate setting of the Walter Reade Theater. The Dublin Guitar Quartet, which specializes in performances of contemporary works, opens the series on October 27 with works by Glass, Pärt, Ligeti, Leo Brouwer and David Flynn. Avery Fisher Career Grant winner violinist Caroline Goulding and award-winning pianist Michael Brown perform sonatas by Bach and Bartók on their November 10 program. The piano duo of husband and wife Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung perform the four-hand version of Stravinsky’s Petrushka and tangos of Piazzolla on December 15. Amsterdam’s Calefax Reed Quintet offers its arrangement of Bach Goldberg Variations on January 26. Hailing from Canada, Concert Artists Guild 2008 International Competition winners the Afiara String Quartet will include Nielsen’s String Quartet in G minor on their March 16 program, alongside Dvorák’s “American” Quartet. On April 14, rising young French pianist Bertrand Chamayou concludes the series with an all-Schubert recital, including the “Wanderer” Fantasy. Following all of the 10:30 a.m. “Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts,” audience members are invited to meet with the artists for coffee and conversation in the Walter Reade’s Furman Gallery.

Conductor, composer, and author Rob Kapilow returns with four new What Makes It Great? programs in the Walter Reade Theater. The 2013-2014 season will offer in-depth musical explorations of works by four composers—Mozart, Britten, Beethoven and Harold Arlen—featuring performances, with Kapilow serving as host and guide. The series opens on November 11 with a focus on Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor with the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia. The December 9 program examines a holiday classic, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing. The March 17 evening is devoted to Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A major with Sophie Shao, cello and Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano. For the concluding program on April 7, Mr. Kapilow is joined by Broadway actors/singers Salley Wilfert and Michael Winther for Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen.

Pre- and post-concert talks and discussions will offer background and insights by noted writers and educators including Walter Frisch, Gerald McBurney, Andrew Shenton, and Simon Morrison. Details of confirmed talks follow with concert information and in the separate Season Chronology.


Subscriptions Tickets for Great Performers 2013-2014, are on sale beginning February 5 online at, by phone via CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, by mail to: Great Performers, Alice Tully Hall Box Office, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023-6588, or in person at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, 65th Street and Broadway. Single tickets will be on sale starting June 12. To request a season brochure, call 212-875-5766.

BNY Mellon is a Proud Sponsor of Great Performers.

Additional support for Great Performers is provided by Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Endowment support for Symphonic Masters is provided by the Leon Levy Fund.

Endowment support is also provided by UBS.

MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center.

United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center.

WABC-TV is the Official Broadcast Partner of Lincoln Center.

William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center.

Great Performers is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) which serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 5,000 events performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and its 10 other resident organizations. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.

Programs, artists and prices are subject to change.

Full Great Performers 2013-2014Season Press Release [PDF]

2013-2014 Season Chronology [PDF]

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