• About the Music

  • 2014–2015 Season Highlights
    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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    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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  • 2013–2014 Season Highlights
    Vienna: City of Dreams
    Carnegie Hall salutes Vienna’s extraordinary artistic legacy with Vienna: City of Dreams, a three-week citywide festival during February and March 2014 that features symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, and lieder, as well as a sampling of new sounds that are emerging from this historic cultural capital. The celebration also goes citywide with events at leading cultural institutions, including film series, panel discussions, art exhibitions, and even a Viennese Opera Ball.
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    David Lang: 2013–2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair
    Acclaimed composer David Lang has been appointed as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair for Carnegie Hall's 2013–2014 season. Passionate and prolific, Lang embodies the restless spirit of invention with his creation of new forms that defy categorization. The musically omnivorous creator references folk, pop, and jazz influences in his compositions, while at the same time being deeply rooted in the classical tradition.
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    Britten 100
    Carnegie Hall pays tribute to Benjamin Britten, one of the most remarkable British composers of the 20th century in celebration of the centenary of his birth with a series of performances of his vocal masterpieces and other compositions from his vast spectrum of works. This celebration is part of Britten 100, a global celebration of this prolific composer, organized by the Britten-Pears Foundation.
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    Brahms Then and Now
    Emanuel Ax has long championed Brahms's inventive works for keyboard. Ax spotlights the enduring legacy of this seminal composer with this series of concerts, performing works by Brahms alongside compositions by Nico Muhly, Anders Hillborg, Brett Dean, and Missy Mazzoli, commissioned as homages to the iconoclast. These inventive programs highlight Brahms's bold approach to harmony and melody, and his dynamic craftsmanship, inspiring a whole new generation of compositional voices.
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