New Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing Opens this September, Providing Inspirational New Spaces at Carnegie Hall for Programs, Serving Young Musicians, Students, Teachers, and Families
Expanded Carnegie Hall programming in the Resnick Education Wing this season will kick off with WMI’s first-ever Family Day on Sunday, September 21, a free day filled with engaging, educational and fun musical activities for children, recommended ages 3-12, and their caregivers.
Starting September 3, the general public can RSVP to an 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. performance in the Weill Music Room featuring the Itty Biddies, Hot Peas ‘N Butter, or Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem. Following each performance, families can explore a “sound playground” with Polygraph Lounge; try their hands at conducting; record musical samples in a mobile recording studio; take part in a sing-along or family songwriting session; make instruments they can take home and play; and other fun surprises.
Carnegie Hall’s Family Day on September 21 caps a weekend of events for Carnegie Hall constituents celebrating the completion of the new education wing. The celebration will kick off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 18, part of a special welcome event for New York City school music educators.
“Education lies at the absolute center of what we do and the way we think about everything at Carnegie Hall,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s executive and artistic director. “With the opening of the new Resnick Education Wing, we will finally have inspirational spaces designed for music education at the Hall that match the aspirational qualities of our programs. It will be wonderful to welcome the public as well as teachers, students, and young musicians, inviting them to make music in the same building as so many of the world’s greatest artists throughout history. The addition of the wing will be truly transformational for us, ensuring that Carnegie Hall remains a place as important to the future of music as it has been to the past.”
Expanded Programming in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing
Throughout the 2014—2015 season, audiences will be invited to enjoy expanded programming in the Resnick Education Wing. The wing’s Weill Music Room will become the Manhattan location for free Carnegie Kids concerts for children ages 3—6 (the free citywide series will also continue to be offered in community venues in the other four New York City boroughs throughout the season). Upcoming Carnegie Kids performances in the Weill Music Room include: Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower (November 8); Songs for Unusual Creatures (January 11); The Itty Biddies (February 7); and Emily Eagen (May 31).
Ticket holders to Carnegie Hall Family Concerts for children, ages 5—12, will enjoy free pre-concert activities in the education wing. Upcoming Family Concerts include performances by Ladysmith Black Mambazo (October 19; Zankel Hall) and Steven Reineke and The New York Pops (December 21; Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage). A Broadway-themed Family Concert completes the 2014—2015 series (April 18; Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage).
Complementing their recital and concert appearances at Carnegie Hall next year, three extraordinary artists will offer master classes for young performers in the education wing, events that are open to the public. South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim will work with solo pianists and small piano ensembles (October 18), acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will present a series of three master classes for opera singers (February 21–23), and celebrated pianist Richard Goode will explore Debussy’s Preludes in a master class for young pianists (March 27). These events are part of WMI’s series of intensive workshops and training opportunities for young professional musicians, ages 18—35. Additional projects in this series next season include The Song Continues, the series of master classes and recitals dedicated to the art of the vocal recital, led by mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, joined by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and pianist Warren Jones; and Tallis Scholars: Renaissance Masterworks, a choral workshop with Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars. Young musicians participating in The Song Continues and Tallis Scholars: Renaissance Masterworks projects will rehearse and study in the education wing prior to their final performances at Carnegie Hall and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Ensemble ACJW—the prestigious two-year fellowship program which prepares talented young professional musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership—will welcome a new class of 18 fellows at the start of the 2014—2015 season. The new education wing will provide a central gathering space for the fellows as well as program alumni, and a location for professional development activities, rehearsals, teaching, and practicing. Both current Ensemble ACJW fellows and alumni will facilitate an interactive performance offered at the September 21 Family Day.
Throughout the year, the wing will be home to a variety of other programs and activities serving WMI constituents and partners including rehearsals for creative learning projects involving New York City students; one-on-one and group teaching; Music Educator Workshops for teachers from across the country; “sharing performances” for WMI songwriting workshops taking place in community settings citywide; plus professional development activities for teachers, teaching artists, and performers.
About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
The Weill Music Institute creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. WMI’s programs are designed to facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute also generates new knowledge in the area of music education through original research and shares a wide range of free online resources with teachers and music lovers around the globe. Nearly 450,000 people each year engage in the Weill Music Institute’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes over 300,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with over 70 orchestras in the US, Canada, Spain, and Japan. For more information on WMI, visit carnegiehall.org/education.
About Ensemble ACJW
Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program created by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, designed to support them in building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work. On the concert stage and in its work in New York City’s public schools and the community, Ensemble ACJW has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, its fresh and open-minded approach to programming, and its ability to actively engage any audience as members of the ensemble redefine what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. For more information and a schedule of upcoming performances, visit acjw.org.
About Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing
In May 2007, Carnegie Hall announced its plans to undertake extensive renovations of its two Studio Towers—the South Tower added by Andrew Carnegie in 1894, which rises from street level on West 56th Street and stretches across the roofline of the 1891 concert venue; and the North Tower added in 1897 on top of the northeast corner of the building, facing West 57th Street.
With the completion of the new 61,000-square-foot Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing, 24 new music rooms have been added to these existing upper floors of the landmark building, enabling many music education activities now taking place off-site in inadequate spaces to be brought into spaces designed especially for these activities, connecting program participants with the inspirational setting of Carnegie Hall. Opening in mid-September 2014, these new practice rooms, teaching studios, and ensemble rooms, located on the Hall’s newly-designated Lily and Edmond J. Safra Education Floors, will be vital resources for Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, which offers a wide range of music education and community programs serving an ever increasing number of people in New York City and around the world, and Ensemble ACJW.
These beautiful new spaces of varying sizes—ranging from individual practice rooms to ensemble rooms to the larger-capacity Weill Music Room—will become the home for a variety of educational activities including interactive events for children; rehearsals by students participating in Carnegie Hall creative learning projects and Ensemble ACJW fellows; master classes and workshops for young musicians; and professional development activities for educators, teaching artists, and Carnegie Hall musicians who serve audiences in schools and community venues throughout New York City. Overall, they will be inspirational and vibrant spaces where people will have the opportunity to meet, learn, explore, and share musical experiences.
Also located within the Resnick Education Wing, a new home for Carnegie Hall’s Archives will include state-of-the-art high density storage and a new reading and listening room for visitors, increasing access to Carnegie Hall’s historic collections. Adjacent to the wing will be a new outdoor roof terrace—a feature first envisioned in 1892 by the building’s original architect, William Burnet Tuthill, now re-imagined for the twenty-first century. The new Weill Terrace will be an ideal gathering place for users of the building: performers and concertgoers, families, teachers, students, and staff.
The addition of the Resnick Education Wing is part of Carnegie Hall’s comprehensive Studio Towers Renovation Project, a transformational undertaking that has also completely refurbished and upgraded Carnegie Hall’s backstage facilities, ensuring that the Hall continues to serve New York City as a destination for the finest musicians with amenities that match the world-class quality of the artistic environment on stage. Through this project, many elements of Carnegie Hall’s 124-year-old building infrastructure have been upgraded to contemporary standards for safety and accessibility. Administrative offices have been consolidated for greater efficiency, and key elements of the building’s exterior and interior have been restored with signature architectural features preserved or replicated throughout the renovated facility. Carnegie Hall will also become more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly as part of the Studio Towers Renovation Project. Upon project completion, the building is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification and compliance with the NYC Green Buildings Law.
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