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A Time Like This: Music for Change

Sunday, March 11, 2018 3 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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A cast of award-winning Broadway, blues, hip-hop, and Americana stars join young performers from the Weill Music Institute’s programs to showcase how music has the power to bring people together to fight for change. Rhiannon Giddens, Toshi Reagon, Young Paris, Carrie Compere (The Color Purple), and Ro James headline this special event, emceed by Def Poetry Jam’s Lemon Andersen. Come hear music that inspires, encourages, and celebrates the fight for equal rights, economic empowerment, and peace.

Part of: The ’60s: The Years that Changed America

A Time Like This: Testify

This concert features music created by members of the Musical Connections Advisory Committee. This group meets monthly to support one another, inform the program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, and continue to make music together.


Lemon Andersen, Poet and Emcee
Rhiannon Giddens, Vocals
Toshi Reagon, Vocals
Young Paris, Vocals
Carrie Compere, Vocals
Ro James, Vocals
Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Vocals
Emily Eagen, Vocals
Emeline Michel, Vocals
Roya Marsh, Poet
Kenny Seymour, Music Supervisor, Director, and Arranger

with Special Guests
Noga Cabo, Songwriter and Vocals
Hannah Coleman, Songwriter and Vocals
Rob Pollock, Songwriter and Vocals
Emma Thompson-Haye, Songwriter and Vocals

A Time Like This Band
·· Orson Benjamin, Vocals
·· Bridget Barkan, Vocals
·· George Farmer, Bass Guitar
·· Clayton Craddock, Drums
·· James Shipp, Percussion
·· Mauricio Herrera, Percussion
·· Jason Marshall, Woodwinds
·· Scott Kreitzer, Woodwinds
·· John Walsh, Trumpet
·· Nick Marchione, Trumpet
·· Chris Washburne, Trombone
·· Mazz Swift, Violin
·· Skye Steele, Violin
·· Pala Garcia, Violin
·· Erica Dicker, Violin
·· Jessica Meyer, Viola
·· Jocelin Pan, Viola
·· Hamilton Berry, Cello
·· Marika Hughes, Cello
·· Saskia Lane, Bass
·· DJ Mode, DJ

Wadleigh High School Choir
·· Kim Walton, Director

Songs of Solomon
·· Chantel Wright, Director

Elias Howe Elementary School Second Grade Choir
·· Katie Traxler, Director

Future Music Project Ensemble
·· Matthew Chiu, Vocals
·· Hannah Coleman, Vocals
·· Myea Patterson, Vocals
·· Noga Cabo, Guitar and Vocals
·· Ian Ackerman, Guitar
·· Tyler Almquist, Guitar
·· Malo Ingledew, Guitar
·· Diego Flores, Clarinet
·· Asia Hickman, Alto Saxophone
·· Seuss Fu-Rubin, Woodwinds
·· Ean Valte, Bass
·· Yeshak Pellot, Drums
·· Christopher Bell, Piano
·· Ed Horan, Piano

nicHi Douglas, Stage Director
Dan Scully, Projection Designer
Stacey Boggs, Lighting Designer
Josh Reid, Sound Designer


"For What It's Worth"

Leadership support for this concert is provided by an anonymous donor.

Support for The '60s: The Years that Changed America is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Ameriprise Financial

A Time Like This: Music for Change is part of the culminating forum of Create Justice

Lead funding for Create Justice is provided by an anonymous donor.

Major funding is provided by Ameriprise Financial, MetLife Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation.

At a Glance

Through its education and social impact programs, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) works each year with hundreds of songwriters from kindergarten through adulthood. In preparation for this afternoon’s culminating event, these songwriters have focused on the music and ideas of the 1960s over the past several months, listening to artists who have made big musical contributions to our culture, such as Johnny Cash, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Stephen Stills, and Stevie Wonder. These artists not only took up the causes of equal rights, economic empowerment, and peace, but also created a deep body of music that has influenced generations of music makers since. Building from these powerful inspirations, WMI’s songwriters have been coached and encouraged to make their own work that is tied to causes and ideas they believe in today.

On this afternoon’s program, we hear 14 new songs selected from the 600 songs written across the Weill Music Institute’s programs each year, along with several covers of influential songs from the 1960s. Some of the songwriters themselves join this afternoon’s program as guest artists. Since the 1960s and long before, the Carnegie Hall stage has been a platform for the voices and causes that shape our world. This afternoon’s event builds on this legacy as the voices of tomorrow join forces with some of the leading artists of our time in a rallying cry for unity and the power of music to change the world.

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