• Thursday, Mar 29, 2012

    Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Presents Free Concerts in Venues Throughout New York City This Spring

    Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series Offers Outstanding Jazz, Latin, Classical, and World Music in New York City's Five Boroughs, Including a Community Sing with the Westminster Choir on April 21
    The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids Programs Bring Free Children's Concerts to Seven NYC Community Venues
    Photo by Chris Lee.
    The Weill Music Institute (WMI)—Carnegie Hall’s education and community programs arm—continues to offer a wide variety of free musical events that are engaging and enjoyable for New Yorkers of all ages.

    The 36th season of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series brings FREE concerts to all five of New York City’s boroughs, showcasing the diverse sounds of the city in performances by outstanding artists, spanning multiple musical genres including classical, jazz, and world music. This spring, WMI’s Neighborhood Concert Series features performances by the Ben Allison Band, Son De Madre, Slavic Soul Party!, Ensemble ACJW, and many more. Please see highlights and complete listings below.

    WMI presents its final Community Sing of the season on Saturday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m., where people of all ages are invited to come raise their voices alongside the great Westminster Choir at the Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. No singing or musical experience is necessary to take advantage of this opportunity to become a member of the choir for one evening.

    The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids, WMI’s concert series for pre-K and kindergarten-aged children and their families, also continues in New York City community venues this spring with performances by Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower, Hot Peas N’ Butter, and The Itty Biddies. These free, interactive, 45-minute concerts feature songs, movement, and instrument demonstrations and create opportunities for musical creativity and play. Please see below for complete program and venue information.

    APRIL THROUGH JUNE COMMUNITY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS (RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 3–6)

    The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower:
    Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.; Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library (Brooklyn);
    Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.; Bronx Library Center (Bronx);
    Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m.; Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement (Manhattan);
    Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m.; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Staten Island)
    With her honeyed voice, quiet spirit, and indie-folk style, Elizabeth Mitchell is not your typical “kiddie-music” singer. Mitchell sings traditional American folk tunes, original songs, and even Velvet Underground covers. It’s music for all ages that appeals to kids, thanks to its approachable melodies and calm pacing. Advocating the importance of singing to one’s children, Mitchell performs with her musician husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey, along with violinist Jean Cook and a host of talented musical friends.

    The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids Featuring Hot Peas ’N Butter:
    Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m.; Jamaica Performing Arts Center (Queens)
    Hot Peas ’N Butter pumps out party beats that make kids and adults alike want to dance. With songs in English, Spanish, and other languages, this energetic, multicultural show features traditional Latin and Afro-Caribbean music, jazz, folk, and rock. Formed by childhood best friends Danny Lapidus and Francisco Cotto, Hot Peas ’N Butter was created as a way to play, according to Lapidus, “the music that feels truest to ourselves.” You may have seen the group performing their hit videos, “Number One” and “Deep Down,” on Nickelodeon!

    The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids Featuring the Itty Biddies:
    Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m.; Bronx Library Center (Bronx);
    Saturday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; The Performance Project @ University Settlement (Manhattan);
    Thursday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.; Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Outdoor Plaza (Brooklyn)
    The rocking Itty Biddies combo will lift you out of your seats from the first note. Their soaring vocals, sweet ukulele, melodic piano, groovy bass, and fat drums take the audience on a journey of the imagination through storytelling and song. Kids and adults will be invited to bring to life a magic suitcase as they head to Africa for a safari, travel by boat beneath the stars, and explore New York City by way of our beloved subway. The Itty Biddies’ cabaret-pop music will have you singing and dancing all the way home.

    The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids Featuring The Wiyos:
    Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m.; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Staten Island)
    Fedoras, vaudeville, and washboards: The Wiyos transport us back to the 1920s and ’30s by inviting kids and adults alike to holler, stomp, and sing along to old-time American folk music. This Brooklyn-based trio captures the vintage spirit of the era by drawing on blues, ragtime, spirituals, and Appalachian jug-band music. Featuring an array of colorful instruments—harmonica, washboard, kazoo, banjo, guitar—these theatrical musicians fill the stage with rich textures and sounds.

    COMMUNITY SING FEATURING THE WESTMINSTER CHOIR

    Saturday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.; Advent Lutheran Church (Manhattan)
    The final Community Sing of the season is led by the legendary Westminster Choir, which has been setting the standard for choral excellence for almost a century. Led by Joe Miller, the choir has immaculate technique and exquisite musicality, which has won them international recognition and countless Grammy Awards. These young choristers, part of the larger Westminster Symphonic Choir, have performed around the world with major orchestras (over 300 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone) under virtually every household-name conductor from the last 70 years, including Toscanini, Stokowski, Ormandy, Bernstein, and Muti.

    CARNEGIE HALL FREE NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES
    Note: For complete Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert listings, see below.

    Sunday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m.; Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church (Manhattan);
    Sunday, June 3 at 5:00 p.m.; Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church (Manhattan)
    Ensemble ACJW is made up of a new generation of innovative musicians who are passionate about the music they play and adventurous about finding new places to play it. This brilliant group plays a range of thought-provoking repertoire—from works written centuries ago to those completed days before—with the highest quality of musicianship.

    Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.; Flushing Town Hall (Queens)
    Hailed by JazzTimes as a “visionary composer, adventurous improviser,” bassist Ben Allison has forged a powerful and unique sound that is instantly identifiable as his own. Known for his forward-thinking arrangements, Allison’s brand of jazz taps into a range of influences from rock and folk to classical.

    Saturday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m.; Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (Bronx);
    Saturday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m.; Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn)
    Sizzling Latin band Son de Madre fires up the stage with its exciting Cuban music. When asked to describe their sound, they reply, “Imagine having a big dessert with all your favorite flavors. That’s how I’d describe our music—a great combination of son, salsa, timba, cha cha, bolero, funk, ballad, and more.” The numerous styles results from the group’s multicultural make-up, with members from Cuba, Argentina, Israel, Puerto Rico, and the US. Son de Madre has performed in all the hottest clubs in town with all-star artists like Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, and Victor Manuel.

    Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m.; Queens Library @ Flushing (Queens);
    Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.; Jacobi Medical Center (Bronx)
    Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: Slavic Soul Party! delivers exactly what its name promises. These nine musicians bring you Balkan soul and Gypsy funk mashed together with an unpasteurized blend of gospel, dub, jazz, and Latin music, all culled from the streets of New York City. If nothing else, you can depend on Slavic Soul Party! for always “delivering a great time” (The New York Times).

    About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs and online initiatives annually serve more than 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area, across the US, and around the world.


    For a complete schedule of Carnegie Hall’s Community Programs throughout the season, please visit: carnegiehall.org/communityprograms.


    Spring 2012 Program Information

    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS:

    Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: ELIZABETH MITCHELL AND YOU ARE MY FLOWER
    Brooklyn Public Library

    Central Library
    Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
    10 Grand Army Plaza (at Flatbush Avenue) | Brooklyn
    RSVP: 718-230-2100
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    Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM
    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: ELIZABETH MITCHELL AND YOU ARE MY FLOWER
    Bronx Library Center

    310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue) | Bronx
    RSVP: 718-579-4244
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    Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: ELIZABETH MITCHELL AND YOU ARE MY FLOWER
    The Playhouse

    466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) | Manhattan
    212-598-0400
    RSVP: henrystreet.org
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    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: HOT PEAS 'N BUTTER
    Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Jamaica Performing Arts Center

    153-10 Jamaica Avenue (at 153rd Street) | Queens
    RSVP: 718-618-6170, ext. 300

    Special thanks to Council Member Leroy Comrie for making this concert possible.
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    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: THE ITTY BIDDIES
    Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Bronx Library Center

    310 East Kingbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue) | Bronx
    RSVP: (718) 579-4244
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    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: THE ITTY BIDDIES
    Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    The Performance Project @ University Settlement

    184 Eldridge Street (at Rivington Street) | Manhattan
    RSVP: (212) 453-4532
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    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: THE WIYOS
    Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

    1000 Richmond Terrace (at Hamilton Avenue) | Staten Island
    RSVP for early seating: info@snug-harbor.org
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    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: ELIZABETH MITCHELL AND YOU ARE MY FLOWER
    Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

    1000 Richmond Terrace (at Hamilton Avenue) | Staten Island
    RSVP: (718) 815-SNUG
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    THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES CARNEGIEKIDS: THE ITTY BIDDIES
    Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
    Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
    Outdoor Plaza

    The Itty Biddies
    10 Grand Army Plaza (at Flatbush Avenue) | Brooklyn
    RSVP: (718) 230-2100

    The McGraw-Hill Companies is proud to sponsor CarnegieKids.

    CarnegieKids is generously supported, in part, by an endowment gift from Linda and Earle S. Altman.
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    CARNEGIE HALL NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT SERIES:

    Sunday April 15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
    NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: ENSEMBLE ACJW
    Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement (MOSA)
    Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church

    178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) | Manhattan
    RSVP: (212) 923-5757

    Lead support of The Academy is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives.
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    Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
    COMMUNITY SING: WESTMINSTER CHOIR
    Advent Lutheran Church

    2504 Broadway (at 93rd Street) | Manhattan

    Special thanks to Council Member Gale Brewer for making this concert possible.

    Community Sing events are part of the Neighborhood Concert Series.
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    Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: BEN ALLISON BAND
    Flushing Town Hall

    137-35 Northern Boulevard (at Linden Place) | Queens
    RSVP: 718-463-7700, ext. 222
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    Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
    NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: SON DE MADRE
    Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education

    928 Simpson Street (at 163rd Street) | Bronx
    RSVP to info@casita.us

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    Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: SLAVIC SOUL PARTY!
    Queens Library @ Flushing

    41-17 Main Street (at 41st Avenue) | Queens
    RSVP: 718-661-1200
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    Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
    NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: SON DE MADRE
    Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington Avenue)
    RSVP: 718-638-5000
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    Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
    NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: ENSEMBLE ACJW
    Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement (MOSA)
    Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church

    178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) | Manhattan
    RSVP: 212-923-5757

    Lead support of The Academy is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives.
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    Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
    NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: SLAVIC SOUL PARTY!
    Part of Make Music New York
    Jacobi Medical Center

    1400 Pelham Parkway South | Bronx
    RSVP: 718-918-3827


    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.

    Ticket Information
    Some Neighborhood Concerts and The McGraw-Hill Companies CarnegieKids performances require advance RSVP. Check the Carnegie Hall website or call the host venue for specific details.
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