Orchestra of St. Luke's

Biography

Active: 1979 -
One of the best-known chamber orchestras in America, the Orchestra of St. Luke's was organized in the summer of 1979 to perform at the Caramoor International Music Festival in Katonah, New York. The Orchestra grew out of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, which was formed in 1974 to play concerts at the Church of St. Luke's in the Fields in New York's Greenwich Village. Roger Norrington served as the Orchestra's first music director (1990-1994); he Read more was succeeded by Charles Mackerras in 1994.

The Orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, and is much involved in Carnegie Hall's family concerts and educational programs. It has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, and takes part in regular out-of-town residencies. The Orchestra has commissioned many compositions (and a few dance pieces), and has premiered over 100 new works by the likes of John Adams, Joan Tower, Anthony Davis, André Previn, and Nicholas Maw. The Orchestra also gained some notoriety by taking part in the rock group Metallica's orchestral tour in 1999.

The Orchestra of St. Luke's has made over seventy recordings for a variety of labels. Two of its recordings on the Nonesuch label have received Grammy Awards: John Adams' Nixon in China, and Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (with soprano Dawn Upshaw). Read less
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    Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875170082 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Audra McDonald,  Brian Stokes Mitchell,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Jazz Band,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002298802 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Myor Rosen  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniel Barenboim,  Zubin Mehta,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    A Celebration of Peace Through Music / Levine, Orchestra of St. Luke's
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3487 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Anonymous,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki  ... 
    Conductor:  Gilbert Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Washington Choral Arts Society,  Cracow Philharmonic Chorus
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Voices of French Opera [5-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 280462 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Christoph W. Gluck,  André Modeste Grétry  ... 
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Miguel Villabella,  Solange Petit-Renaux,  Patricia Petibon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Maurice Cauchie,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Les Folies Françoises,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    Voices of Italian Opera
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40509 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Edita Gruberova,  Margherita Carosio,  Francesco Meli  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Imaginary Landscapes - Sounds of America [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 44290 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Scott Joplin,  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Rifkin,  Ralph Grierson,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Barry Tuckwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Foley,  George Sponhaltz,  Felix Slatkin,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band,  Southland Stingers,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Prima Donna - The First Ladies Of Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001396202 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Montserrat Caballé,  Danielle De Niese,  Elina Garanca  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Sir Colin Davis,  William Christie,  Roberto Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Bach: 7 Keyboard Concertos / Vladimir Feltsman, Orchestra Of St. Luke's, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2541 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Vladimir Feltsman
    Conductor:  Vladimir Feltsman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Dance Panels - Copland / Dennis Russel Davies, Orchestra Of St. Luke's, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2545 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Helene Schneiderman
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Weill: Lost In The Stars / Rudel, Concert Chorale Of New York
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2543 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Carol Woods,  Reginald Pindell,  Gregory Hopkins,  Arthur Woodley  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Chorale of New York,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / West, Garrison, Cheek, Craft, Orchestra Of St. Luke's
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660272-73 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jeffrey Johnson,  Shirley Love,  Melvin Lowery,  Jayne West  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Gregg Smith Singers
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    Everybody's Haydn / Sir Charles Mackerras, Orchestra Of St. Luke's
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80758 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Copland: Music For The Theatre, Quiet City, Music For Movies, Clarinet Concerto / Davies, Blount, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2522 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  William Blount
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Stravinsky: The Ballets / Robert Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506009 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Mark Wait,  Alan Ewing,  Susan Bickley,  Martyn Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos & Other Works / Fisk, Hand, Schulman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2515 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Albert Fuller,  Frederic Hand,  Louise Schulman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 19.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Symphony In C, Symphony In 3 Movements / Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557507 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  20th Century Classics Ensemble,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Bernstein: Symphonic Dances, Facsimile, Etc / Järvi, Rattle, Slatkin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06626 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Bruce Hubbard,  Barbara Lieberman
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  Leonard Slatkin,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's  ... 
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    EMI American Classics - Copland / Mata, Davies, Bátiz, Hubbard, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06634 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Bruce Hubbard
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Eduardo Mata,  Enrique Bátiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Later Ballets / Robert Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557506 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Mark Wait
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  20th Century Classics Ensemble  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Ultimate Classical Christmas / Ma, Domingo, Battle
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 714332 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Traditional,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Kathleen Battle,  Marilyn Horne,  Michael Bolton  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  John T. Williams,  Jerold Ottley,  Steven Mercurio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  American Boychoir,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus  ... 
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    The Rossini Bicentennial Birthday Gala At Avery Fisher Hall
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54643 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Samuel Ramey,  Mimi Lerner,  Kathleen Kuhlmann,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
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