Perspectives: James Taylor
I was hugely flattered to be asked to host a Perspectives series and to create a
celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 120th birthday. We have been working up to this
for the last two years. Carnegie Hall offered and we jumped right in.
Carnegie Hall is the top theater in the top town. It is an
icon for performing artists, its very name means success. The first time I
played here, in 1970, was the first time I was ever in the Hall I had been
hearing about since I was a child. From the moment I walked in the door, it
lived up to my expectations and to my imagination.
As part of this Perspectives,
we are planning a series of four different concerts, starting with an all-star
Gala on April 12. We continue with a Roots
evening on April 20, focusing on the music I listened to growing up. In Guitar Conversations on May 6, I talk
about guitar playing in general and my own style in particular—and get to play
with a couple of my favorite guitarists. On May 9, we wrap up our short season
in the spotlight with a program modestly titled Quintessential James Taylor, in which my band and I play what we
consider our very best songs and attempt to live up to the honor Carnegie Hall
has bestowed on me by inviting me to organize this series.
Carnegie Hall is the sort of venue that focuses a
performer’s attention. Everyone who plays here wants to be at his very best.
The world recognizes this as one of the great venues for classical music, but
it is important to remember that folk music got played here, too. Blues, swing,
R&B, and jazz were performed here. Rock ‘n’ roll got played here. Strauss,
Gershwin, Sinatra, and The Beatles have all stood on this stage.
No series of concerts can summarize all the great music that
Carnegie Hall has seen in its first 12 decades. What we can do is take a few
evenings to be grateful for all the wonderful performers who have passed
through, and hope to add a couple of appropriate links to the ongoing chain.
Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Honorary Artist Committee
Emanuel Ax, David Byrne, Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Jay Z, Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Audra McDonald, Youssou N’Dour, Kelly Preston, Tavis Smiley, Regina Spektor, John Travolta, Caetano Veloso, Kanye West
With a start-studded cast and honorary committee, this is certainly an evening not to be missed! Following an incredible concert that James Taylor will host in honor of Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary, guests will dine and dance with the artists at an exclusive After-Party at The Museum of Modern Art.
Gala buyers also have the option to attend a pre-concert cocktail reception at Carnegie Hall instead of the post-concert festivities.
Gala Benefit Tickets
Package A: Tickets are either $2,500 or $5,000 and include the exclusive After-Party and a seat in the Prime Parquet at the concert.
Package B: Tickets are $1,000 and include the pre-concert Cocktail Reception and a seat in the Parquet or Second Tier at the concert.
You can place your reservation by calling the Special Events office at 212-903-9679. Please note that exact seating assignments will not be determined until the month of the event.
Premium Tickets Tickets start at $200 and are available in the Balcony, Dress Circle, and Second Tier. Please note that premium tickets do not include attendance at the Reception or After-Party, but do include a tax-deductible donation to Carnegie Hall.
To purchase a premium ticket, please call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or visit the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, Monday-Saturday from 11 AM-6 PM, Sunday 12-6 PM.