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.
Friday at 9 PM | ZankelPart of Zankel Sampler I and The '60s Sampler.
Thursday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanPart of The Originals.
The Free Jazz Movement
Saturday at 9 PM | ZankelPart of The Shape of Jazz.
Monday at 8 PM | Stern/Perelman
Saturday at 10 PM | ZankelPart of The '60s Sampler.
Friday at 8 PM | Stern/PerelmanPart of The Originals.
Saturday at 10 PM | Zankel
Saturday at 2 PM | ZankelPart of Zankel Sampler II and The '60s Sampler.
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