Carnegie Hall presents OSL for the 32nd season with three distinct concert programs focusing on the masterworks of Joseph Haydn and exploring his influence on his younger contemporaries Mozart and Beethoven as well as the 20th-century composers he inspired, including Prokofiev and Ravel.
The series begins on October 25, 2018 with Bernard Labadie’s first appearance as OSL’s Principal Conductor conducting Haydn’s theatrical “Nelson Mass” in its original orchestration and Mozart’s Requiem, both featuring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. The series continues on February 28, 2019 with a pairing of his “Farewell” Symphony and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Paul Lewis that puts Haydn’s influence on the Romantic era into relief. On April 18, 2019, Conductor Laureate Pablo Heras-Casado returns to explore Haydn’s influence on 20th-century neoclassical composers by juxtaposing Haydn’s inventive “Drumroll” Symphony with pianist Hélène Grimaud performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, which fuses Classical structure with flashes of jazz, as well as works by Prokofiev and Ravel.