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Summer Season Finale

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Sunday August 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Adults / Starting at $40
Children / 50% Off Select Tickets
Garden Listening / $20, Free for Members & Children

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Overview

Sunday August 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm

3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Bernard Labadie. 

Our Summer Season closes with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in an all-Beethoven program. Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin, known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique, performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, a work filled with imperial grandiosity, seemingly fitting its nickname: “Emperor.”  

For those who prefer a more casual concert environment, Garden Listening tickets are $20, and are free for Members and children under 18 years old. Listen to the concert broadcast onto Friends Field (audio only) while enjoying a picnic, admiring a starry sky, or relaxing with the family. We recommend you bring your own seating for Garden Listening.


Program

All-Beethoven program: 
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36 
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor” 


About the Artists

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

“A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire. His intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries — in concert and on recordings — have earned him his place as a true icon of the piano. He regularly concertizes around the globe with the leading orchestras and conductors of our time and performs recitals in the major concert venues and festivals worldwide.  

Hamelin is an exclusive recording artist for Hyperion Records; his discography spans more than 70 albums, with notable recordings of a broad range of solo, orchestral, and chamber repertoire. In June 2022, Hyperion will release his two-disc set, William Bolcom: The Complete Rags. 

Hamelin has composed music throughout his career, with nearly 30 compositions to his name. The majority of those works — including the Études and Toccata on L’Homme armé, commissioned by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — are published by Edition Peters. His other most recent work, Suite à l’ancienne (Suite in the old style), was premiered in February 2021 by pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo with funding from her Gilmore Young Artist Award.  
   
Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller, a producer and host at Classical WCRB. Born in Montreal, he is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the German Record Critics’ Association, and he has received seven Juno Awards and 11 Grammy nominations, as well as the 2018 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance awarded by Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. In December 2020, he was awarded the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry from the Ontario Arts Foundation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.  
   
To learn more about Marc André Hamelin, please visit his website

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) grew from a group of virtuoso musicians performing chamber music concerts at Greenwich Village’s Church of St. Luke in the Fields in 1974. Regular seasons see OSL perform in diverse musical genres at New York’s major concert venues, drawing on an expanded roster for large-scale works, and collaborating with artists ranging from Joshua Bell and Renée Fleming to Bono and Metallica. In 2018, internationally celebrated expert in 18th-century music Bernard Labadie became OSL’s Principal Conductor, continuing the Orchestra’s long tradition of working with proponents of historical performance practice. 

In addition to its annual summer performances at Caramoor, OSL’s signature programming includes a subscription series presented by Carnegie Hall, now in its 34th season; the OSL Bach Festival at Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music’s Neidorff-Karpati Hall, and at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music each June; a chamber music series featuring appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.  The Orchestra has participated in 118 recordings, four of which have won Grammy Awards, has commissioned more than 50 new works, and has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres. 

OSL built and operates The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City’s only rehearsal, recording, education, and performance space expressly dedicated to classical music. The DiMenna Center serves more than 500 ensembles and more than 30,000 musicians each year. 
 
To learn more about OSL, please visit their website

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