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Carnegie Hall's Online Series Return With New Original Programming This Fall

Upcoming Live with Carnegie Hall Programs Include Episodes Curated by Kronos Quartet Celebrating the Music of Pete Seeger and A Tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hosted by Isabel Leonard

Learn with Carnegie Hall Continues Wednesdays with Master Classes for Emerging Artists

(NEW YORK, October 26, 2020)— Carnegie Hall’s free streaming series return this fall with new original Live with Carnegie Hall episodes curated by leading artists and Learn with Carnegie Hall programs featuring highlights from Carnegie Hall masterclasses led by some of the finest musicians from around the world.

Live with Carnegie Hall kicks off its fall season on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30PM EDT with an episode inspired by the Hall’s Virtual Opening Night gala broadcast earlier this month. This program provides a behind-the-scenes peek of how the event came together across three continents, including a full, extended performance by 2020–2021 Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist Rhiannon Giddens with Our Native Daughters along with archival footage of musicians who have graced the stages throughout the Hall’s history. The full program from the Hall’s Virtual Opening Night gala is now available for on-demand viewing through January 7, 2021.

The series returns on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30PM EDT with Kronos Quartet celebrating the music of folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger. Led by violinist David Harrington, the episode features conversation and music with special guests recently released as part of the quartet’s new album, Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger on Smithsonian Folkways. Pete Seeger had a long history with Carnegie Hall, appearing on close to 90 performances over 67 years.

On Thursday, November 19 at 7:30PM EDT, Live with Carnegie Hall presents a tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Hosted by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and including interviews with Justice Ginsburg’s children, the episode celebrates and honors the groundbreaking justice who famously loved opera and classical music. The episode includes remarks and performances by Joyce DiDonato, Renée FlemingDenyce Graves, and Patrice Michaels.

Throughout this fall, online audiences have had the opportunity each Wednesday to hear musical insights directly from some of the world’s leading artists through a new video series highlighting excerpts from the rich catalogue of master classes for emerging artists presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). These programs are part of Learn with Carnegie Hall, a collection of online series that shares a range of WMI programming created for families, educators, and young musicians, exploring the power of music to spark growth, curiosity, and connection.

On Wednesday, November 11 at 2PM EDT Demarre McGill, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and a past faculty member for Carnegie Hall's national youth ensembles, hosts a woodwind orchestral master class. Throughout the master class, flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz and clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer, both of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and contrabassoonist Simon van Holen, of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, work with flutist Audrey Emata, clarinetist Amer Hasan, and bassoonist Joshua Elmore. Hasan and Elmore are both alumni from the Hall’s acclaimed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), comprised of outstanding teen musicians selected each year from across the United States. The workshop will focus on music by Brahms, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Mr. McGill will be a live host throughout this online episode and will answer questions from audiences at home.

The series continues with a string orchestral master class episode hosted by bassist Joseph Conyers on Wednesday, November 18 at 2PM EDT. Conyers, the acting associate principal bassist of The Philadelphia Orchestra and a past faculty member for Carnegie Hall's national youth ensembles, will be a live host and answer questions throughout from viewers at home. Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley and cellist Ludwig Quandt of the Berliner Philharmoniker alongside Ödön Rácz of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, coach three NYO-USA alumni on the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky. Violinist Ann Yu and Cellist Georgia Bourderionnet are both alumni from the 2014 program and bassist Dimitrios Mattas participated in both 2017 and 2018. The Philadelphia Orchestra and Carnegie Hall have a long-standing relationship, which was chronicled in an episode of Live with Carnegie Hall in May 2020, now available for on-demand viewing.

Rounding out the fall master class series, four-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton will host and lead an episode devoted to jazz piano on Wednesday, December 2 at 2PM EDT. The program will feature clips from the virtual workshop in which Clayton works with three alumni, Seth Finch, Miles Lennox, and Hannah Mayer, from NYO Jazz, the Hall’s premier summer program for gifted young jazz musicians. In the master class episode, Clayton will work with the musicians on a mix of jazz standards and original compositions.


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Both Live with Carnegie Hall and Learn with Carnegie Hall stream for free on Carnegie Hall’s webpage, as well as the Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages. A schedule of upcoming episodes and archived programs available for on-demand viewing can be found on carnegiehall.org/live and carnegiehall.org/learn.


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Live with Carnegie Hall features new original online programs that connect world-class artists with music lovers everywhere. The series features musical performances, storytelling, and conversations that offer deeper insights into great music and behind-the-scenes personal perspectives. Live with Carnegie Hall launched in April and has included episodes hosted by Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Renée Fleming, Angélique Kidjo, Ute Lemper, Audra McDonald, Alisa Weilerstein, and more. A schedule of upcoming episodes as well as archived programs that are available for on-demand viewing can be found on carnegiehall.org/live.

“Through the reach of technology, Live with Carnegie Hall offers us the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy unique musical experiences at a time when we all need the uplifting inspiration of the arts more than ever,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “We are excited to be able to share our virtual stage with some of the world’s most extraordinary artists—representing the full range of music that is featured on Carnegie Hall’s stages every day of the week. They will be joining us to personally curate these episodes, sharing their artistry, personal musical perspectives, and captivating stories.”

In addition to live conversation and performance, Live with Carnegie Hall programming integrates historical or recent audio/video content drawn from concerts, master classes, and recordings. In most of the programs, artists engage with viewers in real time via social media, building an inspired sense of community.

In addition to the master class series, past Learn with Carnegie Hall programs have included Musical Explorers for families, and concerts featuring the Lullaby Project and Musical Connections. Throughout the COVID pandemic, the Hall has continued to serve its audiences by pivoting most of its extensive music education and social impact programs to digital, creating innovative initiatives designed to engage with families, educators, community members, and aspiring young musicians at home.

For a full list of free WMI online resources, please visit: carnegiehall.org/Explore/Learn.


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Live with Carnegie Hall is made possible by Hope and Robert F. Smith.

Brought to you by: Bank of America.

Additional support has been provided by the Siegel Family Endowment.

Support for Learn with Carnegie Hall is provided by Hope and Robert F. Smith, and the Siegel Family Endowment.

Lead support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A.E. Charitable Foundation.

Workshops and master classes are also made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.

Carnegie Hall also thanks generous supporters of the wide range of music education and social impact programs created by the Weill Music Institute.

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