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17-day `Berlin in Lights' festival highlights Carnegie Hall season

17-day `Berlin in Lights' festival highlights Carnegie Hall season

With the Berlin Philharmonic as the centerpiece, Carnegie Hall will stage a 17-day "Berlin in Lights" festival in November that will extend to performances in museums and other nontraditional venues.
The festival opens Nov. 2 and culminates on Nov. 17-18 with two performances of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" at the United Palace Theater in upper Manhattan. About 120 New York elementary and high school students will be dancing on stage accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle, perhaps the world's most acclaimed orchestra.
Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's executive director, said Monday that besides events on Carnegie's three stages, events will take place at the Museum of Modern Art (film festival), Guggenheim Museum (dance party), Neue Gallerie (cabaret), Goethe-Institut (photography) and Center for Architecture (exhibition).
"It is amazing to see how Berlin has reinvented itself just in all of our lifetimes," Gillinson said during a news conference on Carnegie Hall's main stage. "The Berlin we know today has largely been reshaped through culture."
In three programs at Carnegie on Nov. 13, 14 and 16, Rattle will lead the orchestra in Mahler's Eighth, Ninth and 10th Symphonies, paired with the U.S. premieres of works by Magnus Lindberg and Thomas Ades ("Tevot"), and Gyorgy Kurtag's "Stele." Rattle and music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela on Nov. 11-12 as part of the festival.
Gillinson, hired in August 2004, announced the first season he largely programmed. He said about $4.5 million (euro3.5 million) would be spent on the festival and that Carnegie planned future festivals estimated to cost approximately $4 million (euro3.1 million) annually.
The season opens Oct. 3 with Claudio Abbado conducting the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Pianist Yefim Bronfman, singer Bobby McFerrin and conductor Valery Gergiev will be featured in the "Perspectives" series, with Gergiev's being tied to performances of Prokofiev's "War and Peace" and "The Gambler" at the Metropolitan Opera.
Ades will follow John Adams and hold the composers' chair in a term reduced to one year from four.
Gillinson said Carnegie Hall hoped to gain increased broadcast and Internet rights in its next round of union negotiations. But even if it achieves that, it would then have to negotiate deals with the artists it presents.
"It's certainly our aspiration to be able to transform the picture in terms of disseminating what goes on in here," he said. "If we don't change media, then we've failed ourselves, I think."
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