The Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano will make its debut on April 22 at one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world: New York’s Carnegie Hall.
“It is probably the most important event in the history of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra to take place outside its home city: the debut in the most legendary of all concert halls, Carnegie Hall in New York,” the state orchestra announced.
Nagano will lead a concert that brings together cellist Jan Vogler, 90 musicians from the orchestra and 100 young choral singers between the ages of 11 and 27 from Hamburg and New York.
The programme also takes up the unifying idea by combining Johannes Brahms’ “Schicksalslied” for choir and orchestra from Hamburg and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, probably the most important German composer in the world, with a contemporary US composer living in New York.
Sean Shepherd’s work “On a Clear Day,” which will be premiered at the concert, is based on a cycle of poems by the Hamburg-based poet Ulla Hahn. Shepherd’s composition for violoncello, choir and orchestra was commissioned by the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Dresden Music Festival.
“We are proud that the state orchestra will perform in this famous concert hall as a musical ambassador of Hamburg as a city of culture,” said Senator for Culture Carsten Brosda. — dpa