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Ten Ways Carnegie Hall Gives Back

Today is #GivingTuesday—a global day for giving back. Below are just 10 of the many ways in which Carnegie Hall serves the community.

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1. We give 125 years of music excellence.

For more than a century, Carnegie Hall has been the place where distinctive artists of all stripes have come to make their names in New York City. This tradition of excellence has made Carnegie Hall an essential part of the city’s cultural fabric and the world’s most famous concert hall.


2. We give hope to those who need it.

Musical Connections is a set of community-based projects that link people to a variety of musical experiences. Through songwriting, choral, and composition projects, juveniles and adults in the justice system build a positive sense of self and strengthen bonds with their families and communities.


3. We give new works a spotlight.

Carnegie Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary by honoring the present and looking to the future with the launch of an unprecedented commissioning project. From 2015 to 2020, at least 125 new works will be commissioned from leading composers, both established and emerging.


4. We give students the opportunity to join the orchestra.

Through Link Up, students in grades 3–5 learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and perform with a professional orchestra from their seats during a culminating concert at Carnegie Hall. Orchestras across the country and around the world are also taking part in Link Up, reaching approximately 350,000 students and teachers in all.


5. We give young musicians a chance to shine.

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers not only have the opportunity to play on the famed stage of Carnegie Hall, but then embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world while serving as dynamic musical ambassadors.


6. We give free concerts in all five boroughs of New York City.

Carnegie Hall celebrates 40 years of partnering with local community organizations to present free Neighborhood Concerts that feature outstanding main-stage artists, as well as exciting rising stars of classical, jazz, and world music.


7. We give students and community members “a place for us” alongside professional artists.

In celebration of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, the Weill Music Institute launches The Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story. This unique creative learning project will engage people through events in all five boroughs of New York City, anchored by a large-scale production of West Side Story in March 2016.


8. We give mothers and their children songs to share.

The Lullaby Project, part of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, creates musical experiences for expectant or new mothers who are facing challenging circumstances, such as homelessness, incarceration, or teenage pregnancy. The project invites participants to work with professional artists to write a personal lullaby for their babies, strengthening the bond between parent and child.


9. We give up-and-coming artists access to the masters.

Artists on the rise are given valuable access to world-class performers and composers who have established themselves on the Carnegie Hall stages. Participants are selected after responding to an open call for auditions. Up-and-coming musicians (ages 18–35) receive coaching and mentoring to assist them in reaching their artistic and professional goals.


10. We give you 125 years of history—and Gino.

Gino Francesconi, Director of Carnegie Hall’s Archives and Rose Museum, has been gathering, collecting, and preserving the Hall’s most precious memories for decades, ensuring that Carnegie Hall’s past is always preserved for future generations.


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