Simon Rattle Conducts | A Special Preseason Event

Sunday, September 18, 2016
The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
7:00 PM


SOLD OUT Due to an immense show of support from our Friends of Music, parishioners, choir school parents & alumni and the musical community, tickets for Simon Rattle Conducts are no longer available.

The last in a yearlong series of performances that have been offered at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in honor of Maestro John Scott who served as Organist and Director of Music for eleven years and who died unexpectedly in August of 2015. Proceeds from the concert will be used to create the John Scott Memorial Scholarship for the Choir School to assist choristers in need.

The concert has been included in the New Yorker’s fall classical music preview.

THE LARK ASCENDING – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Krista Bennion Feeney, violin

PRELUDE AND FUGUE in G major, BWV 541 – J.S. Bach
Daniel Hyde, Loening-Hancock Organ

SERENADE FOR STRINGS in E MINOR, Op. 20 – Edward Elgar

REQUIEM in D MINOR, Op. 48 РGabriel Fauré
Daniel Moore, baritone

Doors open at 6:15pm.

Featured Performers
Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Krista Bennion Feeney, violin
Daniel Moore, baritone
Sir Simon Rattle, guest conductor

From The Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner, Rector
“I am thrilled that the world’s leading orchestral conductor is going to direct our world famous choir in memory of his friend, John Scott. Sir Simon is also delighted to help us welcome our new Director of Music, Daniel Hyde. Thus, in one concert, we honor the memory of a great musician and begin a new chapter in the history of music at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Daniel will also be featured on the program playing the great Loening-Hancock baroque organ.‚Äù

Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

From 1980 to 1998, Rattle was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and was appointed Music Director in 1990. In 2002 he took up his current position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker where he will remain until 2018. Starting with the 2017/18 season he will become Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Rattle has made over 70 recordings for the EMI record label (now Warner Classics), and has received numerous prestigious international awards for his recordings on various labels. Releases on EMI include Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms (which received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance) Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortil√®ges, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and in August 2013 Warner Classics released Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Symphonic Dances, all recorded with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Rattle’s most recent releases (the Sibelius Symphonies, Bach Passions and Schumann Symphonies) have been for Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings ‚Äì the orchestra’s new in-house label, established in early 2014.

As well as fulfilling a taxing concert schedule in Berlin, Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker regularly tour within Europe, North America and Asia. The partnership has also broken new ground with the education programme [email protected], earning the Comenius Prize in 2004, the Schiller Special Prize from the city of Mannheim in May 2005, the Golden Camera and the Urania Medal in Spring 2007. He and the Berliner Philharmoniker were also appointed International UNICEF Ambassadors in the same year – the first time this honour has been conferred on an artistic ensemble.

In 2013 Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker took up a residency at the Baden-Baden Osterfestspiele performing Die Zauberfl√∂te and a series of concerts. Past seasons have included Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Peter Sellars’s ritualization of Bach’s St. John Passion, Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust. For the Salzburg Osterfestspiele Rattle conducted staged productions of Fidelio, Cos√¨ fan tutte, Peter Grimes, Pell√©as et M√©lisande, Salome and Carmen, a concert performance of Idomeneo and many contrasting concert programmes, all with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He also conducted Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Salzburg Osterfestspiele and most recently at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and the Wiener Staatsoper. Other recent productions include Pell√©as et M√©lisande and Les Dialogues des Carm√©lites for the Royal Opera House; L’√âtoile, Aus einem Totenhaus and K√°≈•a Kabanov√° for the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; and Pell√©as et M√©lisande at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Simon Rattle has strong longstanding relationships with the leading orchestras in London, Europe and the USA; initially working closely with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestras, and more recently with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He regularly conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker, with which he has recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos (with Alfred Brendel) and is also a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Founding Patron of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Early in the 15/16 season Rattle toured the Beethoven Cycle with the Berliner Philharmoniker, with concerts in Europe and Carnegie Hall, New York. Engagements later in the season include staged performances of Pelléas et Mélisande with the London Symphony Orchestra (building on the success of the performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Berlin) and a production of Tristan and Isolde at Baden Baden. Future plans will see Rattle return to the Bayerische Rundfunk, The Metropolitan Opera and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Simon Rattle was knighted in 1994 and in the New Year’s Honours of 2014 he received the Order of Merit from Her Majesty the Queen. He will be a Carnegie Hall ‘Perspectives’ artist through the 2016/17 season.