Berlin Philharmonic in NYC for 6 October concerts

By the Associated Press | December 9, 2013 | 4:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Berlin Philharmonic will open Carnegie Hall's 2014-15 season with four concerts in October and will give two performances of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" directed by Peter Sellars at the Park Avenue Armory.

The Carnegie season opens Oct. 1 with Berlin music director Simon Rattle conducting the orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. There will be additional concerts on Oct. 2, Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, including the U.S. premiere of a composition by Georg Friedrich Haas.

"St. Matthew Passion," opening Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, will be performed Oct. 7-8 in a co-presentation of Lincoln Center and the Park Avenue Armory that includes the Rundfunkchor Berlin. The stage at the Armory's Drill Hall will be modeled on Berlin's Philharmonie concert hall. The cast includes tenor Mark Padmore, baritone Eric Owens, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena (Rattle's wife), baritone Christian Gerhaher, soprano Camilla Tilling and tenor Topi Lehtipuu.

Sellars' staging appeared in 2010 at the Salzburg Easter Festival and in Berlin.