Philadelphia Orchestra and Esperanza Spalding to open Carnegie Hall season


The Philadelphia Orchestra will boost its profile - and multiply its cool by a large factor - with an Oct. 2 concert opening Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts, as he will for the orchestra's other three 2013-14 appearances at the New York venue. Hot on the heels of its Hugh Jackman encounter, the orchestra once again borrows some pop cred by teaming with jazz double bass player/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. Spalding is set to perform three Carnegie Hall-commissioned arrangements by jazz pianist Gil Goldstein: one of her own songs, the others by Leonardo Genovese and Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington.

Classical fiddler Joshua Bell is also guest for the concert, to be broadcast nationally on radio's Carnegie Hall Live. He plays works of Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns. Tchaikovsky's Marche slave will open, Ravel's Bolero will close.

The details were discussed by the orchestra and Carnegie Hall Thursday as part of Carnegie's season announcement, a few weeks ahead of Philadelphia's release of its own season in Verizon Hall. But the other three Carnegie programs, repeats of Philadelphia programs, offer a sneak preview of what's to come. The repertoire is: in December, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Hélène Grimaud; in February, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”) and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Truls Mørk; and in May, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Lisa Batiashvili and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9.

More about the supreme Spalding here.