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Lincoln Center Announces Star-Studded 2000-2001 Season

By Philip Anson

New York - Lincoln Center's Great Performers series, widely considered North America's most prestigious classical music showcase, will host several Canadian debuts next year.

The 2000-2001 season includes Montreal cellist Yegor Dyachkov's New York solo debut in a recital of Beethoven, Bach, and sonatas by Debussy and Prokofiev on Oct. 29. Toronto tenor Michael Schade, subject of a recent episode of CBC television's Something Special, makes his New York solo recital debut on February 25, 2001, in a program of Schubert, Liszt, Ravel and Strauss, accompanied by noted British pianist and musicologist Graham Johnson.

The all-Canadian Gryphon Trio - pianist Jamie Parker, cellist Roman Borys, and violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon - make their Lincoln Centre debut playing Messiaen on March 5. On March 18, the Quebec baroque music ensemble Les Violons du Roy will follow up previous New York successes with Vivaldi's Nisi Dominus RV 608 and Bach's Cantata BWV 82, featuring the phenomenal American countertenor David Daniels.

The Great Performers season opens on Oct. 4 with a gala featuring America's sweetheart soprano Renee Fleming and Russian barihunk Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Later in the year, sopranos Jane Eaglen, Maria Guleghina, Amanda Roocroft, Christiane Oelze, Nathalie Dessay, and mezzos Katarina Karneus and Magdalena Kozena make their New York and in some cases Noth American recital debuts. Other vocal recitalists include Jose van Dam, Thomas Quasthoff, and Lorriane Hunt Lieberson.

Guest ensembles include the Dresden Staatskapelle, the London Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam's Royal Concertbegouw Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Orchestra and Choir, the National Orchestra of Spain, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of St. Martins in the Field, and The Sixteen.

Instrumental stars include Murray Perahia, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, Christian Zacharias, Gil and Orli Shaham, and Kyung Wha Chung.

In October the Bard Festival at Lincoln Centre will focus on Beethoven's legacy. The American Symphony Orchestra will perform 6 concerts throughout the year, including Chausson' rarely performed opera Le roi Arthus, and the world premieres of Glass's Timpani Concerto and Farberman's Cello Concerto.

Special events include a Stravinsky festival, comprising films, a symposium, two concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a puppet version of the ballet Petrushka.

As part of a festival of Czech music, the London Symphony Orchestra will play three concerts including Dvorak's Te Deum. Janacek's haunting opera The Diary of One Who Vanished will be performed by tenor Ian Bostridge and mezzo Ruby Philogene.

The New Visions Series presents France's premiere baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants performing Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas. Last year's cancelled dramatization of Bach Cantatas by director Peter Sellars returns between March 6-10 to mark the 250th anniversary of Bach's death.

For more information call (212) 721-6500, or go to :, or


Copyright by Philip Anson


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