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Sat, Apr. 22, 2023, 7.30 pm | auswärtiges Gastspiel

The Philharmonic State Orchestra in New York

Johannes Brahms: Schicksalslied for choir and orchestra op. 54

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 F major op. 93

Sean Shepherd, An einem klaren Tag - On a Clear Day, after a cycle of poems by Ulla Hahn for violoncello, choirs and orchestra. Commissioned by the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Dresden Music Festival. World premiere.

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Cello: Jan Vogler
Alsterspatzen – Kinder- und Jugendchor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
Audi Jugendchorakademie
Dresdner Kreuzchor
Mitglieder des The Young ClassX Ensembles
Young New Yorkers' Chorus

Hamburg and New York: The ports of both cities form the gateways to their respective nations. And history knows of many exchange connections, of economic, religious, political and cultural contacts. The Philharmonic State Orchestra's journey from Hamburg to New York is an attempt to make visible and celebrate the close ties again after the last years marked by exchange interruptions.
On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Carnegie Hall will host performers from both countries and of very different ages. For in addition to the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, led by its principal conductor Kent Nagano and bringing with it its rich tradition of sound, cellist Jan Vogler and numerous singers between the ages of eleven and 27 will perform: from the "Young New Yorkers' Chorus," from the "Alsterspatzen - Children's and Youth Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera," from the "Audi Youth Chorus Academy," from the "Dresdner Kreuzchor" and from "The Young ClassX Ensemble."
For the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the concert in New York is a very special one: for the first time in more than 50 years, it is traveling to the United States, and for the first time in its nearly 200-year history, it is performing at Carnegie Hall. "We are happy and grateful to bring our Philharmonic State Orchestra to Carnegie Hall for the first time in our 195th season," says Intendant Georges Delnon. "As ambassadors of Hamburg's rich musical heritage, our credo is that innovation is our tradition."
The concert program is to be understood as a response to the situation of our time, which is unfortunately so poor in deep connections. "Unhindered by our human shortcomings, aware of the cycles of history, Ludwig van Beethoven's sovereign Eighth Symphony, steeped in irony, is juxtaposed with Johannes Brahms' 'Schicksalslied,'" says principal conductor Kent Nagano. "The latter is a work in which man's miserable existence is juxtaposed with the timeless sphere of the gods. The middle and high point of our concert, however, is the world premiere An einem klaren Tag - On a clear day by U.S. composer Sean Shepherd." Based on iconic poetry by Hamburg-based Ulla Hahn, the work bridges the Old and New Worlds and challenges future generations to rise above the cacophony of today, Nagano said. It is a world premiere and a work commissioned by the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Dresden Music Festival.
The same concert program will be presented at the Elbphilharmonie on April 28 and 30, 2023, for the opening of the Hamburg International Music Festival, and on May 5, 2023, as part of the Dresden Music Festival.

The concert is made possible by the Michael Otto Foundation.
The organizer is the internationally active artist agency Dorn Music.

New York, Carnegie Hall
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