• It was a time of turmoil. It was a time of change. A nation looked inward, reevaluating what it was and what it hoped to be. Half a century later, the cultural and social upheavals of the 1960s in the US and abroad inform nearly all aspects of our lives. For the first time, Carnegie Hall has looked to a figure outside the music world—Pulitzer Prize–winning author and journalist Robert A. Caro, famed biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson—for inspiration in creating a festival, turning our attention to this singular decade.

     

    The ’60s:
    The Years that Changed America

    Inspired by Robert A. Caro

    Festival Events

    January 14–March 24, 2018

    The festival inevitably touches on the turbulent spirit of the ’60s: the quest for civil rights, equal rights, and social justice; the empowerment of a young and restive generation; the division wrought by a distant war; and the emergence of a radical new aesthetic in reaction to modernism. Music was at the center of all these struggles and a meaningful vehicle to inspire change.

    Among Carnegie Hall’s offerings, two programs in the festival explore the nexus of music, protest, and social change: one featuring David Crosby with Snarky Puppy and guest artists, and the other led by composer, music director, and producer Ray Chew with a lineup of prominent fellow artists. There is also a performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble and new works premiered by the Kronos Quartet—one referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the other based on the work of author and activist Studs Terkel. Pianist Matthew Shipp and the legendary Roscoe Mitchell—a proponent of the free jazz movement that flourished in the ’60s and a founder of the groundbreaking Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians—perform together for the first time. Other highlights include performances by Icelandic psychedelic pop band mùm, the socially and politically minded singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman, and a multimedia concert that focuses on musical responses to the Vietnam War.

     

    This special exploration of the 1960s extends citywide with music, lectures, panels, exhibitions, films, and more, thanks to partner programming created by leading cultural institutions, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Apollo Theater, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Keyes Art Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City Center, New-York Historical Society, The New York Public Library, New York University, and The Paley Center for Media.

    To understand where we were then, to understand where we are now, The ’60s festival provides a guide to the years that forever changed America.

     

    Kronos Quartet

    Friday at 9 PM | Zankel

    Part of Zankel Sampler I and The '60s Sampler.

     
    19
    Jan
     
     

    Kronos Quartet

    Friday at 9 PM | Zankel

    Part of Zankel Sampler I and The '60s Sampler.

     
    19
    Jan
     
     

    Snarky Puppy
    David Crosby

    Thursday at 8 PM | Stern/Perelman

    Part of The Originals.

     
    25
    Jan
     
     

    Snarky Puppy
    David Crosby

    Thursday at 8 PM | Stern/Perelman

    Part of The Originals.

     
    25
    Jan
     
     

    Matthew Shipp Trio
    Roscoe Mitchell

    The Free Jazz Movement

    Saturday at 9 PM | Zankel

    Part of The Shape of Jazz.

     
    27
    Jan
     
     

    Matthew Shipp Trio
    Roscoe Mitchell

    The Free Jazz Movement

    Saturday at 9 PM | Zankel

    Part of The Shape of Jazz.

     
    27
    Jan
     
     
     

    Sounds of Change

    Monday at 8 PM | Stern/Perelman

     
    5
    Feb
     
     

    Sounds of Change

    Monday at 8 PM | Stern/Perelman

     
    5
    Feb
     
     

    múm

    Saturday at 10 PM | Zankel

    Part of The '60s Sampler.

     
    10
    Feb
     
     

    múm

    Saturday at 10 PM | Zankel

    Part of The '60s Sampler.

     
    10
    Feb
     
     
     
    16
    Feb
     
     
     
    16
    Feb
     
     
     

    Bhi Bhiman

    Saturday at 10 PM | Zankel

     
    10
    Mar
     
     

    Bhi Bhiman

    Saturday at 10 PM | Zankel

     
    10
    Mar
     
     

    A Time Like This: Music for Change

    Sunday at 3 PM | Stern / Perelman

     
    11
    Mar
     
     

    A Time Like This: Music for Change

    Sunday at 3 PM | Stern / Perelman

     
    11
    Mar
     
     
     
    24
    Mar
     
     
     
    24
    Mar
     
     

  • Support for The ‘60s: The Years That Changed America is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.


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