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A Four-Day Celebration of the Art of Song: The Song Continues ...

For lovers of the richly varied song literature and those who relish the chance to hear the vocal stars of tomorrow, January sees the return of The Song Continues, a cherished series of recitals. Presented at Carnegie Hall since 1997—originally in partnership with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and now under the auspices of the Weill Music Institute’s Professional Training Workshops as part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall—The Song Continues … is a four-day festival that nurtures and celebrates the art of the song recital.

Kicking off last night, the festival is renowned for the mentoring of gifted young singers, centered around three master classes and the presentation of recital programs by emerging and established young artists. Joining Ms. Horne this year in leading master classes are the incomparable soprano Renée Fleming and pianist Graham Johnson, one of today’s most sought-after song collaborators. Four young singers, recruited through an international application process, have been chosen by Ms. Horne to participate in each of these classes, which are open to the public (though only limited seating is still available). The group of 12 participants also receives one-on-one coaching from pianist Warren Jones and sits in on the full slate of events, an extraordinary opportunity to be immersed into the world of song at the highest level.

Marilyn Horne, center, with several participants in 2010's The Song Continues ... festival.

Two duo-recital evenings at Weill Recital Hall and a culminating Annual Recital in Zankel Hall showcase eight different singers, each of whom has been supported in recent years by Ms. Horne, with two of the duo-recitalists returning to The Song Continues … after participating in master classes last year. The Annual Recital artists are now rising stars in their own right, appearing regularly in the world’s leading opera house and concert halls. This starry January 19 event also features mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and pianist Warren Jones as special guests, and a world premiere by William Bolcom, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the occasion and written for the four singers selected for the program: Emalie Savoy, Sasha Cooke, Dimitri Pittas, and Joshua Hopkins.

While The Song Continues … is the centerpiece event each season, there are additional programs that recognize Marilyn Horne’s relationship with Carnegie Hall. Singers and pianists who have been guided by Ms. Horne return to perform Neighborhood Concerts (such as baritone Jonathan Beyer with pianist Kristin Okerlund on Saturday, February 4), as soloists in symphonic and choral programs, and as recitalists on the Evenings of Song series at Weill Recital Hall (soprano Nadine Sierra, for instance, on Friday, May 11).


January 17, Renée Fleming Master Class
January 18, Duo Recital

January 18, Graham Johnson Master Class

January 19, Annual Recital

February 4, Neighborhood Concert: Jonathan Beyer | Kristin Okerlund

May 11, Nadine Sierra | Carol Wong

Photo: Pete Checchia 2010.

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