• About the Music

  • 2015–2016 Season Highlights
    125 Commissions Project
    Carnegie Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary by honoring the present and looking to the future with the launch of an unprecedented commissioning project.
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    Richard and Barbara Debs Creative Chair: Kronos Quartet
    As part of Carnegie Hall’s 125th Commissions Project, the Kronos Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Association embark on Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.
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    Perspectives: Evgeny Kissin
    Evgeny Kissin’s Perspectives presents the virtuosity and penetrating intellect of one of the world’s greatest pianists. A brilliant solo artist whose concerts sell out months in advance, Kissin gives a recital in early November and—for the first time in his career—repeats the program at Carnegie Hall later in the week.
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    Perspectives: Sir Simon Rattle
    Sir Simon Rattle’s Perspectives series spans two seasons, beginning with him and the legendary Berliner Philharmoniker in an unprecedented five performances at Carnegie Hall that encompass Beethoven’s nine symphonies.
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    Perspectives: Rosanne Cash
    Rosanne Cash is one of America’s preeminent performing songwriters. A Grammy-winning singer and composer, she has recorded 15 albums and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts. Cash is a restless artist of singular vision, and her newest album The River & The Thread—a collaboration with her partner, producer, and co-writer John Leventhal—is a breathtaking exploration of the American South: musically, narratively, spiritually, and geographically.
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    The Somewhere Project: A Citywide Exploration of West Side Story
    In celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, the Weill Music Institute (WMI) launches The Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story. This unique creative learning project will engage people through events in all five boroughs of New York City, anchored by a large-scale production of West Side Story.
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  • 2014–2015 Season Highlights
    Before Bach
    One of the most exciting music stories in recent time has been the explosion of popularity of music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. Leading this movement is a generation of performers who have devoted themselves to introducing audiences to the dazzling array of music written before 1685. This season, Carnegie Hall brings together some of the best of these artists in Before Bach, a month-long focus on the exciting music of that time.
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    Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair: Meredith Monk
    Meredith Monk holds the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. During her residency, performances of her piano, orchestral, and vocal works will feature her unconventional but fascinating use of voices and instruments to create music that’s both mysterious and expressive.
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    Perspectives: Joyce DiDonato
    Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s Perspectives series presents her wide range of interests and talents, all supported by the impeccable artistry, vibrant personality, and idealism that has made her an audience favorite. She also brings her gifts as a dynamic educator and passionate advocate to several Weill Music Institute programs.
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    Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter's passionate commitment to artistic excellence and dedication to the growth of classical music are core themes in her Perspectives series. Audiences have wonderful opportunities to see Ms. Mutter in a variety of performances throughout the season, beginning as soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker at Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala. Her other collaborators range from longtime favorites—including pianist Yefim Bronfman, cellist Lynn Harrell, and conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos—to the some of the finest training ensembles, such as The Mutter Virtuosi and the New World Symphony.
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    UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa
    South Africa is a dizzying patchwork of cultures and languages with 11 official tongues, including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English. From this diversity emerges a dynamic and impassioned cultural life like no other place on earth. Carnegie Hall salutes this vibrant nation with a festival called UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa.
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