Concerts - Past

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium
New York, New York
Saturday, 19 November 2016 - 8:00 PM
Conductor David Bernard leads the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and chorus of 200 voices in a gala performance honoring our veterans. Dreams of the Fallen, composed by ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award recipient Jake Runestad and presented here in its New York premiere, was inspired by the poetry of Brian Turner, telling the story of veterans who have been forever changed by their experiences serving in war. The program concludes with Beethoven's testament to universal brotherhood, his Symphony No. 9.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Runestad: Dreams of the Fallen
Artist: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Ensembles: New Amsterdam Singers; Park Avenue Chamber Symphony; West Point Cadet Glee Club; Young New Yorkers' Chorus (YNYC)
Conductor: David Bernard
Beethoven: Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
Artists: Kristin Sampson (Soprano); Edith Dowd (Alto); Cameron Schutza (Tenor); David Leigh (Bass)
Ensembles: New Amsterdam Singers; Park Avenue Chamber Symphony; West Point Cadet Glee Club; Young New Yorkers' Chorus (YNYC)
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 22 May 2016 - 3:00 PM
Two of the most important cello concertos of the romantic era, those by Dvorák and Elgar, were strongly influenced by their composer's personal tragedies. Dvorák's love for his sister-in-law Josefina infused sadness into his Cello Concerto during her extended illness and death. For Elgar, it was the declining health of his wife Alice, that drove an overwhelming poignancy and longing into his Cello Concerto. Alice passed away a few months after the premiere of the Cello Concerto. Elgar had created a work of powerful expression of love and longing and now bereft of his lifelong muse, he never wrote another work as important as this.

Mendelssohn's trip to Scotland at the age of 20 ignited his imagination in profound ways. The immediate result was his "Fingal's Cave Overture." Recalling a stormy voyage to the Hebrides Islands, the "voice" of this work was unlike anything Mendelssohn had written previously. But it was a visit to the Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh that left a lasting impression, taking 13 years to complete his final symphony, the "Scottish". After drawing you in with a somber and intriguing theme depicting the Holyrood Chapel, this work takes you on a journey through excitement, boundless energy, sublime lyricism all leading to a driving, brilliant finale. Through this work, you will truly feel the deep impact of Mendelssohn's visit to Scotland on his soul.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Mozart: Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c)
Artist: Petra Rivero (Flute)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Elgar: Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85
Artist: Inbal Segev (Cello)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Mendelssohn: Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Saturday, 21 May 2016 - 8:00 PM
Two of the most important cello concertos of the romantic era, those by Dvorák and Elgar, were strongly influenced by their composer's personal tragedies. Dvorák's love for his sister-in-law Josefina infused sadness into his Cello Concerto during her extended illness and death. For Elgar, it was the declining health of his wife Alice, that drove an overwhelming poignancy and longing into his Cello Concerto. Alice passed away a few months after the premiere of the Cello Concerto. Elgar had created a work of powerful expression of love and longing and now bereft of his lifelong muse, he never wrote another work as important as this.

Mendelssohn's trip to Scotland at the age of 20 ignited his imagination in profound ways. The immediate result was his "Fingal's Cave Overture." Recalling a stormy voyage to the Hebrides Islands, the "voice" of this work was unlike anything Mendelssohn had written previously. But it was a visit to the Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh that left a lasting impression, taking 13 years to complete his final symphony, the "Scottish". After drawing you in with a somber and intriguing theme depicting the Holyrood Chapel, this work takes you on a journey through excitement, boundless energy, sublime lyricism all leading to a driving, brilliant finale. Through this work, you will truly feel the deep impact of Mendelssohn's visit to Scotland on his soul.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Mozart: Concerto for Flute no 1 in G major, K 313 (285c)
Artist: Petra Rivero (Flute)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Elgar: Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85
Artist: Inbal Segev (Cello)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Mendelssohn: Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish"
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
DiMenna Center for Classical Music: Mary Cary Flagler Hall
New York, New York
Saturday, 6 February 2016 - 5:00 PM
In a typical classical music concert, an audience member sitting in a concert hall is kept at a distance from the musicians. In this innovative program, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony closes the gap between audience and orchestra by introducing a new way to experience classical music, by seating the audience inside the orchestra. According to Maestro Bernard:

Experience Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as you never have. In addition to seeing the string section's bows fly, feeling the trumpets and timpani play and watching the conductor from your seat INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA, you will witness the camaraderie and electricity among and between the players and the conductor. This is a whole new perspective on concert going that for the first time brings the audience into the action.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Time Warner Center: Rose Theater
New York, New York
Sunday, 6 December 2015 - 3:00 PM
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony returns to the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center to showcase two outstanding examples of innovation in classical music.

There aren't many composers with more influence on Jazz composition than George Gershwin. Gershwin's hit "I Got Rhythm" features a chord progression that is used as the basis for countless jazz works from Duke Ellington to Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. But the most innovative compositions by Gershwin are his classical works, which are influenced strongly by Gershwin's experience in the jazz and popular realm-melodies are infused with an endearing beauty and accessibility that is reminiscent of musical theater, but with a harmonic sophistication and transparent orchestration that dramatically enhances their settings. Gershwin is the only popular composer whose works have found a lasting place in the classical repertoire. We are pleased to present Gershwin's Concerto in F, which shows the composer's artful combinations of contradictory styles and forms. The renowned jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal will join us as soloist in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Concerto in F's premiere.

Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra is a tour-de-force that features sections of the orchestra as virtuoso soloists. Bartók brings clear innovations from the first note, fusing folk music from Hungary and other Eastern European countries with departures from traditional tonality and non-traditional modes in a brilliant and captivating ride for the audience.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Gershwin: Concerto for Piano in F major
Artist: Ted Rosenthal (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116/BB 123
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 25 October 2015 - 3:00 PM
With lush, beautiful melodies and blinding colors Borodin's thrilling Polovtsian Dances from the end of Act II of the opera Prince Igor, will transfix and delight. Well-known piano virtuoso Jeffrey Biegel will perform Saint Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2-a captivating work that begins with a dramatic fantasia in the style of Bach, and ends with a lively, unexpected tarantella. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade which vividly portrays the waves that rock Sinbad's Ship, the mystery and power of the Kalendar Prince, the love of the young prince and princess growing into a gentle dance, and ...without warning ... you are thrown head-first into a bustling bazaar in Baghdad. Throughout all of this, the gentle voice of our story teller Scheherazade is woven across each episode.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Artist: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Artist: Béla Horváth (Violin)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Saturday, 24 October 2015 - 8:00 PM
With lush, beautiful melodies and blinding colors Borodin's thrilling Polovtsian Dances from the end of Act II of the opera Prince Igor, will transfix and delight. Well-known piano virtuoso Jeffrey Biegel will perform Saint Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2-a captivating work that begins with a dramatic fantasia in the style of Bach, and ends with a lively, unexpected tarantella. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade which vividly portrays the waves that rock Sinbad's Ship, the mystery and power of the Kalendar Prince, the love of the young prince and princess growing into a gentle dance, and ...without warning ... you are thrown head-first into a bustling bazaar in Baghdad. Throughout all of this, the gentle voice of our story teller Scheherazade is woven across each episode.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Artist: Jeffrey Biegel (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Artist: Béla Horváth (Violin)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 17 May 2015 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Bach: Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
Artist: Yevgeny Kutik (Violin)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Saturday, 16 May 2015 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Schumann: Symphony no 2 in C major, Op. 61
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Bach: Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
Artist: Yevgeny Kutik (Violin)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Time Warner Center: Rose Theater
New York, New York
Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Wagner/Maazel: The Ring Without Words
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 9 November 2014 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Nielsen: Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
Artist: Stanley Drucker (Clarinet)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Saturday, 8 November 2014 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Nielsen: Helios Overture, FS 32/Op. 17
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622
Artist: Stanley Drucker (Clarinet)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Dvorak: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 4 May 2014 - 3:00 PM
Dvorak: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Artist: Spencer Myer (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 8:00 PM
Dvorak: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
Artist: Spencer Myer (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, K C14.01 (K Anh 9)
Taffanel: Quintet for Winds in G minor
Poulenc: Sextet for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn, Op. 100
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 3:00 PM
Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
Artist: Tamra Paselk (Soprano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Bartók: Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77/BB 86
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Saturday, 22 February 2014 - 8:00 PM
Beethoven: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 36
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
Artist: Tamra Paselk (Soprano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Bartók: Dance Suite for Orchestra, Sz 77/BB 86
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall: Carnegie Hall
New York, New York
Sunday, 27 October 2013 - 2:00 PM
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall for its fourth appearance in a program featuring exciting young artists and thrilling repertoire.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
Artist: Jourdan Urbach (Violin)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
Artist: Daniela Liebman (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 20 October 2013 - 3:00 PM
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall for its fourth appearance in a program featuring exciting young artists and thrilling repertoire.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
Artist: Jourdan Urbach (Violin)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
Artist: Daniela Liebman (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church
New York, New York
Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 8:00 PM
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall for its fourth appearance in a program featuring exciting young artists and thrilling repertoire.
Presenter: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Dvorak: Carnival Overture, Op. 92
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Brahms: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
Artist: Jourdan Urbach (Violin)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102
Artist: Daniela Liebman (Piano)
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Ensemble: Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
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