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Carnegie Hall October 2014 Calendar Updates

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Monday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Music Director Sir Simon Rattle launch Carnegie Hall’s 2014–2015 season on Wednesday, October 1 with an Opening Night Gala concert, performing Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45; Stravinsky’s Closing Scenes from The Firebird, and Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 featuring violinist and Perspectives artist Anne-Sophie Mutter. The following evening, Thursday, October 2, the orchestra and Maestro Rattle reprise Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, and present Stravinsky’s The Firebird (complete). On Sunday, October 5, the orchestra begins a Schumann symphony cycle, performing the composer’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38, "Spring," and Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61. The final concert on Monday, October 6, features Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, “Rhenish,” and the original version of his Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120, as well as the US premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s dark dreams, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The orchestra’s Carnegie Hall concerts are part of an extended New York City residency that will also include two performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, presented by Lincoln Center in a co-presentation with the Park Avenue Armory.

Friday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.
(Weill Recital Hall)

The Borromeo String Quartet returns to Carnegie Hall with a program of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6; and Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36.

October 10 – November 5

This October and November, Carnegie Hall presents UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a three-week citywide festival, inviting audiences to explore the incredibly dynamic and diverse culture of South Africa, with performances and events at Carnegie Hall and partner venues throughout New York City.


UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa events at Carnegie Hall in October include:

Guest artist and fellow South African Dave Matthews joins trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekala and singer Vusi Mahlasela to celebrate the anniversary of twenty years of democracy and the end of apartheid in South Africa, with a program of stirring freedom songs on Friday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

Two masters of Zulu maskandi music (often called the “Zulu blues”)—Madala Kunene with his quintet, and Phuzekhemisi, who performs with singers and dancers in traditional attire, play a double bill concert on Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Phuzekhemisi will also perform a free Neighborhood Concert on Sunday, October 12 at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture at Hostos Community College.

Works by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Debussy, Meyerbeer, and Giménez have been added to the program by rising South African soprano Pretty Yende, making her New York recital debut on Monday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. with pianist Kamal Khan in Weill Recital Hall.

Hailed as the greatest exponent of Cape jazz, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim presents a solo concert that coincides with his 80th birthday on Friday, October 17 at 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. In addition, on Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m., Ibrahim presents a Master Class in Carnegie Hall’s Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing, followed by a Neighborhood concert at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo and special guests to be announced perform a program entitled Voices of South Africa on Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The following afternoon, Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m., the choir will perform their family show in Zankel Hall on Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert series.

South African dramatic soprano Elza van den Heever makes her New York recital debut on Friday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall with pianist Vlad Iftinca, performing works by Handel, Schumann, Fauré, Brahms, and three South African composers—Stephanus Le Roux Marais, John K. Pescod, and Petrus Johannes Lemmer.

In a double-bill program on Saturday, October 25 at 9:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, the David Kramer Band brings together a lineup of top folk musicians from the remote regions of the Karoo desert. On the second half of the program, the Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers, a 15-voice male choir, performs music from Cape Town that combines Dutch folk songs with vocal traditions from Malaysia, Arabia, and East Africa.

The latest collaboration between Johannesburg-born visual artist William Kentridge and South African composer Philip Miller, entitled Paper Music: A Ciné Concert, is presented in Zankel Hall on Monday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.Paper Music features a selection of ten Kentridge films with music by Miller, including three that were presented at the dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition as part of The Refusal of Time exhibition. The project also features vocalists Joanna Dudley and Ann Masina, and pianist Idith Meshulam.

Actor Nat Ramabulana replaces Atandwa Kani in the US premiere of an original music theater production, A Distant Drum, with violinist Daniel Hope, joining forces with his father, writer Christopher Hope, founder of South Africa’s Franschhoek Literary Festival, on Tuesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, A Distant Drum is a portrait of Nat Nakasa, a brilliant, irreverent spirit of his generation, who left behind South Africa’s apartheid of the 1960s for New York. Directed by Jerry Mofokeng, with producer and lighting designer Mannie Manim, noted authority on South African music Andrew Tracey as musical supervisor, and an ensemble of musicians and actors including composer, music director, and keyboardist Ralf Schmid, bassist Michael Olatuja, cellist Vincent Segal, percussionist Jason Marsalis, and actor Christiaan Schoombie with digital choir recordings from South Africa by Thembra Mkhize.

Kesivan Naidoo is one of the exciting leaders of the next wave of Cape jazz performers. A composer and drummer, Naidoo brings his fiery quintet, Kesivan and the Lights, to Zankel Hall for its New York concert debut on Thursday, October 30 at 8:30 p.m. The quintet also performs a free Neighborhood Concert on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall in Queens.

A complete schedule of UBUNTU festival events, including Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts and partner presentations throughout New York City, will be announced in summer 2014. Visit for more details.

Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

In their first Carnegie Hall concert of the season, Music Director James Levine leads The MET Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467, featuring Maurizio Pollini.

Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

The Emerson String Quartet is joined by pianist Yefim Bronfman for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, on a program that also includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso;" Purcell’s Chaconne in G Minor arranged by Britten; and Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36.

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
(Zankel Hall)

Five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer, pianist, and renowned interpreter of the Great American Songbook Michael Feinstein launches his annual Carnegie Hall series, Standard Time with Michael Feinstein. Guest artists and program are to be announced.

Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.
(Zankel Hall)

Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni collaborates with pianist Wolfram Rieger on a recital of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schubert.

Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

Principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski leads the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Magnus Lindberg’s Chorale; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65; and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m.
(Ladd Concert Hall)
Monday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
(Weill Recital Hall)

Ensemble ACJW presents two performances of Mozart’s Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello in D Major, K. 285, David Lang’s these broken wings, and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, on October 17 at the Ladd Concert Hall at Skidmore College, and on October 20 in Weill Recital Hall.

Sunday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

One week after performing with James Levine and The MET Orchestra, pianist Maurizio Pollini returns to Carnegie Hall for a recital of works by Chopin and Robert Schumann.

Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
(Weill Recital Hall)

Harpist Sivan Magen performs the world premiere of a new work by Sean Shepherd, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, alongside works by C.P.E Bach, Brahms, J.S. Bach, Debussy, Bruno Mantovani, and Marcel Tournier.

Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.
(Zankel Hall)

The Belcea Quartet performs Mozart’s String Quartet in F Major, K. 590; Berg’s Lyric Suite; and Brahms’s String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1.

Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
(Zankel Hall)

Twenty-eight-year-old Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz—winner of the 2014 Gilmore Artist Award—plays a recital of works by Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin.

Friday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke kick off their Carnegie Hall season with a program entitled All You Need Is Love: The Music of the Beatles, joined by Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic group’s arrival in America.

Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato kicks off her season-long Carnegie Hall Perspectives series singing the title role of Handel’s Alcina with The English Concert and conductor Harry Bicket in the next installment of their Handel project. The concert performance also includes mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Ruggiero, soprano Anna Christy as Morgana, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice as Bradamante, tenor Ben Johnson as Oronte, bass Wojtek Gierlach as Melisso, and soprano Anna Devin as Oberto. A pre-concert talk starts at 1:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Benjamin Sosland from The Juilliard School.

Wednesday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

Gabriela Lena Frank’s "Coqueteos" from Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout; John B Hedges’s Prayers of Rain and Wind featuring bass soloist Xavier Foley; Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Sinfonietta No. 1; Marcus Goddard’s Allaqui; and Mark O’Connor’s Elevations replace previously announced works on the Sphinx Virtuosi and Catalyst Quartet’s program presented by The Sphinx Organization in partnership with Carnegie Hall. Jessie Montgomery’s Banner! remains on the program.

Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.
(Zankel Hall)

Percussionists Colin Currie, and Daniel Druckman collaborate with pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore and students from The Juilliard School on an all-Steve Reich program featuring the US premiere of a new quartet, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, in addition to the seminal Reich works Clapping Music and Drumming. A pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall with Steve Reich and Colin Currie in conversation with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of The Julliard School.

Friday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

In their first Carnegie Hall performance of the season, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection," featuring soprano Angela Meade, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

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