• 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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