The internationally acclaimed Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain—a virtuosic singing and strumming musical ensemble featuring performers on ukuleles of many different registers—performs on Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. In the 25 years since the group’s inception, its repertoire has ranged from Tchaikovsky and Beethoven to swinging jazz numbers, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Who.
The Brentano String Quartet performs the New York premiere of Stephen Hartke’s Night Songs for a Desert Flower (co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall) on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. on a program that also includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131; and Haydn’s String Quartet in F Major.
REPERTOIRE UPDATE: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will give a pre-concert performance of Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in F Major on Tuesday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., preceding jazz pianist Brad Mehldau’s New York premiere of his composition Highway Rider at 8:30 p.m. Mehldau—holder of Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair—is joined by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Scott Yoo, saxophonist Joshua Redman, percussionists Jeff Ballard and Matt Chamberlain, and bassist Larry Grenadier.
ARTIST UPDATE: Members of the Canadian Brass will now join Ensemble ACJW on Wednesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. at Juilliard’s Paul Hall with a program featuring Monteverdi’s Music from Orfeo (arr. Peter Knudsvig); Elliott Carter’s Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord; and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, "Archduke."
ARTIST UPDATE: Composer, bandleader, and Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter has been called one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet. He performs on Wednesday, November 10 at 9:30 p.m. with his band, Underground, featuring guitarist Adam Rogers, keyboardist Craig Taborn, and drummer Nate Smith.
Dynamic Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo returns to Carnegie Hall on Thursday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. for The Sound of the Drum—a performance which celebrates the beauty and diversity of her music’s African roots, and retraces the various incarnations of drums throughout the Americas. Special guests include singers Youssou N’Dour, Omara Portuondo, and Dianne Reeves.
On Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., tenor Nicholas Phan performs a recital with pianist Myra Huang with songs by Purcell and Britten.
PRE-CONCERT TALK ADDITION: A pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. with Thomas Cabaniss, a composer and Juilliard School faculty member, has been added to the New York Philharmonic’s concert on Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. The orchestra appears at Carnegie Hall under Music Director Alan Gilbert with violinist Midori featured in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. After intermission, the orchestra and Mr. Gilbert perform John Adams’s contemporary classic, Harmonielehre, which was premiered 25 years ago.
On Friday, November 12 at 8:30 p.m. the trio Ghazal—featuring Shujaat Husain Kahn (sitar), Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh), and Samir Chatterjee (tabla)—brings together the closely related musical traditions of Indian and Persian improvisation.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop make the first of two appearances at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m., joined by pianist Simon Trpčeski for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, on a program that also includes Mahler’s orchestration of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica;”and Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17.
ENSEMBLE UPDATE: Choirs from Bayside High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, Fordham High School for the Arts, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Songs of Solomon, and Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts will perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop in their second program, Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m. This program is part of a collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in which, over several months, hundreds of New York City high school chorus students have rehearsed the work for the opportunity to perform with the orchestra and Ms. Alsop at Carnegie Hall. Too Hot to Handel blends Handel’s classic oratorio with jazz, gospel, rock, and R&B. Select students have also had the opportunity to work with professional composers to create their own choral anthems based on the themes explored in Too Hot to Handel. The new works will be premiered in Zankel Hall on Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 p.m. along with excerpts from Too Hot to Handel.
On Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m., experimental pop music duo The Books, featuring guitarist/vocalist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong, offers its signature mix of electronica, folk, and acoustic music with samples of video, sounds, and speech. Zammuto and de Jong, whose fourth album The Way Out was released in July, say, “We do all of our own sample collecting, composing, writing, recording, mixing, and mastering in our home studios using PCs running cheap software and ragtag equipment that we've pieced together over the years. What you hear on our records is exactly how it left our hands, with no producer, engineers, or sweetening in between.”
On Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m., the up-and-coming young pianist David Fray makes his New York recital debut performing works by Schubert and Bach.
PROGRAM UPDATE: The complete program—of works by Schumann, Finzi, and Poulenc—has been announced for bass-baritone Bryn Terfel’s recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau, on Wednesday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m.
On Thursday November 18 at 8:00 p.m., pianist Murray Perahia performs a recital with a program to be announced.
The Miami String Quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Pēteris Vasks’s String Quartet No. 3, and Schumann’s String Quartet in A Major on Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
ARTIST UPDATE: Guest artists Kate Baldwin, Michael Cerveris, Aaron Lazar, and Christiane Noll will join Music Director Steven Reineke and The New York Pops on Friday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m. as the orchestra continues its Carnegie Hall season with a Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday Celebration honoring the Academy- and Tony-Award winning composer and lyricist who penned music and lyrics for such musicals as A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. They will be joined by Essential Voices USA under Music Director and Conductor Judith Clurman with additional special guests to be announced.
Violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Yefim Bronfman return to Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m. for a duo recital of Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in F Major “Spring,” and Brahms’s Viola Sonata in E-flat Major, No. 2.
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