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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Stravinsky: Violin Concerto, Etc / Frautschi, Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557508 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jennifer Frautschi
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Gregg Smith Singers  ... 
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    The Essential Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 707416 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jules Massenet,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Simon Mulligan,  Frederic Chiu,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Michael Stern,  Roger Norrington,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Camerata Salzburg  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Etc / Robert Craft, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557504 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  David Evitts,  Katherine Ciesinski,  Jon Humphrey,  Mary Ann Hart  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gregg Smith Singers,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  20th Century Classics Ensemble  ... 
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  • 20.
    From The Forest - Horn Concertos / Stewart Rose, St. Luke's
    Label: Arabesque   Catalog: 5637621717 Release Date: 09/08/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Förster,  Leopold Mozart,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Stewart Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Voice Of The Violin / Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 97779 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Frederic Chiu,  Scott Kuney,  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Michael Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Women's Chorus
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  • 22.
    Leonard Bernstein's New York
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4081 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Richard Muenz,  Audra McDonald,  Dawn Upshaw,  Donna Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 23.
    The Jessye Norman Collection - A Christmas Collection
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000550802 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Johann Abraham P. Schulz,  Johann Friedrich Peter  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Harry Huff,  Sara Cutler
    Conductor:  David Robertson,  Robert DeCormier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choristers of St. Barnabas,  St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir,  Riverside Church Choir New York  ... 
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    Beethoven: Egmont, Ruins Of Athens / Davies, Gessendorf, Andrews, St. Luke's
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31555 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mechthild Gessendorf,  Roger Andrews
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Choral Artists
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    For You, For Me - Songs Of Copland, Etc / Bruce Hubbard
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31553 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Irving Berlin,  Stephen Sondheim,  Jerome Kern  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Hubbard,  Marvis Martin
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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