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Carnegie Hall Community and Family Programs December 2016 and January 2017 Calendar

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) celebrates ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with a Family Holiday Concert this December featuring The New York Pops and Steven Reineke. Recommended for ages 5–10, this festive performance will include song, dance, and lots of fun surprises guaranteed to spread holiday cheer.

Children and their families can also enjoy free, interactive Carnegie Kids concerts in January. Vocalists will be performing OTOYOTOY!, a piece of immersive theater created for children under the age of 3. The Carnegie Kids series is designed to inspire the imaginations and encourage the innate creativity of young children through music and play.

Free Neighborhood Concerts also continue with funk and jazz in Harlem, world music from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Bronx, and cutting-edge chamber music in Brooklyn.



Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m.
(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

Led by Steven Reineke, The New York Pops family holiday concert is always a joyous occasion. The orchestra celebrates this season with a musical tribute to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Song, dance, and lots of fun surprises bring Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem to life with a festive helping of Yuletide cheer.


Sunday, January 22 at 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m.
(Resnick Education Wing)

OTOYOTOY! is a piece of immersive music theater for children under the age of 3 and their families that combines humor, storytelling, and vocal improvisation.

Conceived by Zoe Palmer and Thomas Cabaniss, with Saskia Lane; performed by Moving Star Vocal Ensemble and Friends.


Saturday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue) | Bronx

The acoustic duo of Uganda-born Kinobe and Democratic Republic of the Congo native Jaja makes music that celebrates community and family. With heartfelt vocals and a unique collection of African instruments, Kinobe and Jaja draw on the traditions of their homelands, and offer musical meditations on peace, justice, the environment, family, and friendship.



Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at 135th Street) | Manhattan

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and Hammond B-3 organ virtuoso who has worked with legendary artists, including Aretha Franklin, Robert Glasper, and Nas, and has served as keyboardist for the Grammy Award–winning group Snarky Puppy. Henry digs into his gospel, jazz, and soul roots on The Revival, his latest album and touring project.



Monday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street) | Manhattan

Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja and his new group Lagos PepperSoup perform a funky mix of jazz, R&B, gospel, and soul. Olatuja’s music is inspired by the musical and spiritual journeys that have taken him from Nigeria to New York. Listeners will get a taste of Lagos Pepper Soup when the group releases its eponymous album later this year.


Sunday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
10 Grand Army Plaza (at Flatbush Avenue) | Brooklyn

JACK Quartet shatters the stereotype of the traditional string quartet with concerts that are “drop-everything-and-go occasions” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). The intrepid foursome pushes the envelope with displays of “explosive virtuosity” (The Boston Globe) as it shares the thrills of new music with audiences.

About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to 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. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs 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 generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. Approximately 600,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes 380,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through partnerships with over 90 orchestras in the US, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, and Spain.

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The Carnegie Hall Family Concert is sponsored by Mastercard, the Preferred Card of Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from The Irene Diamond Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.

Carnegie Kids is generously supported, in part, by an endowment gift from Linda and Earle S. Altman.

Additional support is provided by Alexey Kononenko and Diana Toyberman.

Lead support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Public support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal.


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