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Just Added! Carnegie Hall Announces New Programming Additions For 2021–2022 Season

Just-Announced Concerts Including Complete Beethoven Cycle with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Plus Performances by Angélique Kidjo, Pedrito Martinez, John Monsky’s The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day, The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke's with Bernard Labadie, and more

2021–2022 Season Launches with Opening Night Gala Performance on October 6

(August 19, 2021, NEW YORK, NY)— As Carnegie Hall prepares to kick off its much-anticipated 2021–2022 season, the Hall today announced new concert offerings that have been added to its schedule, including a complete Beethoven symphony cycle by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra presented over five concerts, which will be launched with the Hall’s Opening Night celebration on October 6. Just-announced concerts in coming months also include exciting performances by Angélique Kidjo, Pedrito Martinez, Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Bernard Labadie, and the return of The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble as well as The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day, a musically driven multimedia production created by historian and narrator John Monsky that tells the dramatic story of the last 11 months of World War II.

These events are part of the Hall’s 2021–2022 season line-up that includes more than 100 performances presented on the Hall’s three stages and across New York City, including appearances by many of the world’s greatest artists and ensembles encompassing classical, jazz, and popular music.

 

“As we prepare to welcome audiences back to Carnegie Hall, we are thrilled to continue to build on our upcoming season, adding these terrific performances,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “It will be deeply meaningful to be together again, enjoying concerts and once again sharing in the power of live music.”

 

Beethoven Symphony Cycle with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Throughout this landmark season at Carnegie Hall, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a complete cycle of Beethoven’s nine symphonies over five concerts. Four of the programs will present the symphonies in dialogue with music of today. Performances include works by Philadelphia Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, and Iman Habibi, Jessica Hunt, and Carlos Simon, selected composers from Frank’s Creative Academy of Music, each commissioned by the orchestra. Maestro Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra were originally scheduled to perform a complete Beethoven symphony cycle at Carnegie Hall in spring 2020 in celebration of the composer’s 250th anniversary, concerts that were unable to take place due to COVID-19.

  • The Beethoven cycle kicks off on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. when Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the orchestra open Carnegie Hall’s 2021–2022 season with a gala performance culminating with the composer’s Symphony No. 5. The Opening Night program begins with a new work by Valerie Coleman titled Seven O’Clock Shout, an anthem commissioned by the orchestra and written in response to COVID-19, honoring frontline workers. Yuja Wang will join Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra as soloist for Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (replacing the previously announced Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.) to be followed by Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. A highlight of the performance will be another topical Philadelphia commission—Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht—a rhapsodic reflection on the climate crisis written in dialogue with Beethoven’s music. This Opening Night performance will be heard by listeners around the world, launching the eleventh annual Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series with a live radio broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York, also streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr.
     
  • The cycle continues on Wednesday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. with Maestro Nézet-Seguin and the Philadelphians returning for Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 4 and 6 ("Pastoral").
     
  • The next concert in the cycle, on Tuesday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m., features Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 1, 7, and 8 presented alongside a new work by Carlos Simon. Inspired by a journal entry penned by Beethoven in 1815, Simon—a 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient—wrote Fate Now Conquers, a series of musical gestures that represent fate’s unpredictability.
     
  • The orchestra and Mr. Nézet-Séguin return on Tuesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m., pairing Beethoven’s Second and Third Symphony (“Eroica”) with Jessica Hunt’s Climb, a piece composed to celebrate Beethoven at 250, which draws inspiration from Beethoven’s own personal struggles and relates them to Hunt’s own experience living with chronic illness.
     
  • The cycle concludes on Tuesday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with soloists and chorus to be announced. Also on the program is Gabriela Lena Frank’s Pachamama Meets an Ode, composed in response to the First and Ninth symphonies and set to original text by the composer that imagines a meeting between Beethoven and his Peruvian contemporaries from the Cusco School of Painters, with implications for the current environmental crisis.

Additional Classical Concerts
In addition to the Beethoven symphony cycle performances, the following classical music concerts have just been announced on Carnegie Hall’s 2021–2022 season schedule:

  • On Thursday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m., Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns to Carnegie Hall for an evening of beloved works under the leadership of Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie, one of the foremost interpreters of Baroque-era music. The orchestra’s program includes Charpentier’s Prelude to Te Deum in D Major, H. 146; Handel’s complete Water Music; and J. S. Bach’s An imaginary concerto for violin (with excerpts from the composer’s Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 and Sinfonia in D Major, BWV 1045) featuring violinist Benjamin Bowman.
     
  • Throughout the 2021–2022 season, Carnegie Hall audiences will enjoy six Weill Recital Hall performances by The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, featuring the stellar musicians of The MET Orchestra. Artists and programs for these performances will be announced later this fall. (See program listings below for complete schedule.)

Pop, Jazz, and Musical Theater
Three exciting performances have been added to Carnegie Hall’s pop, jazz, and musical theater offerings this fall:

  • Angélique Kidjo takes to the Carnegie Hall stage on Friday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. with a brand-new program that draws from her latest album, Mother Nature, written while in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. This one-of-a-kind evening—performed in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with special guests to be announced—is a rallying cry for our city and our planet, exploring the great importance of human beings to each other and to the natural world. Through a diverse blend of West African music, American R&B, jazz, and funk, Kidjo asks us to honor Mother Nature and pays timely tribute to the resilient New Yorkers who make our city thrive.
     
  • Following sold-out Zankel Hall shows in 2018 and 2019, historian John Monsky returns to Carnegie Hall with The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Wednesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. Through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway, LIFE magazine war photographer Robert Capa, and Vogue model-turned-photojournalist Lee Miller, Monsky tells the dramatic story of the final 11 months of World War II in Europe. Presented on the eve of Veterans Day, this musically driven, multimedia lecture tells the story of those who have served and sacrificed for our country, including the young men who landed on the beaches of Normandy and the all-Black 761st Tank Battalion. Ian Weinberger (Hamilton) conducts Orchestra of St. Luke’s in music from Saving Private Ryan to the works of Glenn Miller—all of which he arranged exclusively for this production.
     
  • Pedrito Martinez, the Cuban-born, New York-based composer, vocalist, bandleader, and virtuoso percussionist, returns to Zankel Hall with his band on Saturday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m., bringing their unique and irresistible intersection of Afro-Latin music with jazz and funk. In this special performance, Martinez and his band include elements of Yoruba—the religious music with which he is deeply connected—by incorporating bata drumming and the singing of Orisha chants that serve to call down and pay tribute to the deities.
     

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As the Hall opens its doors for the first time in 18 months, its 2021–2022 season will include more than 100 performances presented on Carnegie Hall’s three stages and across New York City, plus a wide range of music education and social impact programming created by the Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

Programming highlights in the coming season include exciting Perspectives series curated by two renowned artists—pianist and composer Jon Batiste and violinist Leonidas Kavakos; and a season-long residency by MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe who holds the Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. The Hall’s next citywide festival—Afrofuturism—will take place in February–March 2022 with festival programming to be created by Carnegie Hall and more than 40 leading partner organizations from New York City and beyond. The festival’s line-up at Carnegie Hall—to be announced later this fall—will include concerts that cross musical genres including jazz, funk, R&B, Afrobeat, hip-hop, electronic music, and more. For more information on the 2021–2022 season, click here for a press kit.

Carnegie Hall has been closed to the public since March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19, the longest closure in the Hall’s 130-year history. In planning for the new season, the health and well-being of everyone at Carnegie Hall remains its top priority. Since the start of the pandemic, the Hall has worked with various leading medical and public health experts to develop protocols to mitigate risk and create the safest environment possible for all. Beginning with its reopening this fall, Carnegie Hall has committed to being a fully vaccinated building; everyone—including artists, audience members, staff, and other visitors—will need to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 using a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization in order to enter the premises. Additional details for ticketholders, including any other updates to health protocols will be shared later this summer, closer to the Hall’s reopening.

 

Program Information for Newly-Added 2021–2022 Season Performances

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
CARNEGIE HALL’S OPENING NIGHT GALA
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Yuja Wang, Piano

 **Note updated program**

VALERIE COLEMAN Seven O'Clock Shout
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102
LEONARD BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
IMAN HABIBI Jeder Baum spricht
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

Opening Night Gala Lead Sponsor: PwC

Opening Night Gala Dinner Sponsor: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
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Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S

Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor
Benjamin Bowman, Violin

MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER Prelude to Te Deum in D Major, H. 146
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH An imaginary concerto for violin (with excerpts from Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 and Sinfonia in D. Major, BWV 1045)
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Water Music (complete)
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60
Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"
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Friday, November 5, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO

Additional artists to be announced

Mother Nature: Songs for New York and the World Beyon

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
CARLOS SIMON Fate Now Conquers
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
THE EYES OF THE WORLD: FROM D-DAY TO VE DAY

John Monsky, Historian, Creator, and Narrator
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Ian Weinberger, Music Supervisor and Conductor
Kate Rockwell, Vocalist
Peter Flynn, Director
Additional artists to be announced

JOHN KANDER / FRED EBB "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" from Cabaret
JOHN WILLIAMS "Revisiting Normandy" from Saving Private Ryan
WOODY GUTHRIE "What Are We Waiting On"
JOSEPH GARLAND / WINDY MANONE / ANDY RAZAF "In the Mood"
ERSKINE HAWKINS / JULIAN DASH / BILL JOHNSON / BUDDY FEYNE "Tuxedo Junction"
MACK GORDON / HARRY WARREN "Chattanooga Choo"
JOHN PHILIP SOUSA / HAROLD ARBERG "The Caissons Go Rolling Along"
JEFFREY KLITZ / ROBERT CARY "Too Young to Say Goodbye"
ÉDITH PIAF / LOUIGUY / MARGUERITE MONNOT "La vie en rose"
FRIEDRICH HOLLAENDER / FRANK LOESSER "The Boys in the Back Room"
MICHAEL KAMEN "Discovery of the Camp" from Band of Brothers
JOHN WILLIAMS "Hymn to the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan

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Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 9:00 PM
Zankel Hall
PEDRITO MARTINEZ

Pedrito Martinez, Percussion and Lead Vocals
Issac Delgado Jr., Keyboard and Vocals
Sebastian Natal, Electric Bass and Vocals
Manuel Marquez, Percussion and Vocals
Xito Lovell, Trombone and Vocals
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Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
JESSICA HUNT Climb
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica" ___________________________________

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and Conductor
Soloists and chorus to be announced

GABRIELA LENA FRANK Pachamama Meets an Ode (New York Premiere)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
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THE MET ORCHESTRA CHAMBER ENSEMBLE will perform on the following dates in Weill Recital Hall:
Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 21 at 7:30 PM
Monday, January 24 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 PM
Monday, February 7 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 PM

Artists and programs to be announced

 

Above photo of Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading The Philadelphia Orchestra by Jennifer Taylor.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets will be available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at carnegiehall.org. Single tickets for all 2021–2022 performances go on sale to Carnegie Hall subscribers and members on Monday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m., and to the general public on Monday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m.

The Carnegie Hall Box Office is currently open Mondays through Fridays from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. through September 30. Starting October 1, the box office will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. CarnegieCharge lines are currently open Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. through September 30 and beginning October 1, 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. daily.

Please note: Beginning this fall, to support a safe reopening for in-person events and in accordance with the advice of medical and public health experts, all artists, visitors, and staff will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enter Carnegie Hall. Additional details for ticketholders, including any other updates to health protocols will be shared later this summer, closer to the Hall’s reopening. 

 

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