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Migrations: The Making of America

The history of America is indelibly linked to the movement of people. Some were brought here not of their own free will, and their perseverance and resilience transformed the nation. Others came here—or moved within the borders of this country—because they sought a new life, free from poverty, discrimination, and persecution. The many contributions—cultural, social, and political—of these migrations, and the people who helped to build this country and what it means to be American, are honored in Carnegie Hall’s festival Migrations: The Making of America.

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At Carnegie Hall, we examine the musical legacies of three migrations: the crossings from Scotland and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries, the immigration of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe between 1881 and the National Origins Act of 1924, and the Great Migration—the exodus of African Americans from the South to the industrialized cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and West from 1917 into the 1970s. With performances of bluegrass, old-time, klezmer, Yiddish musical theater, blues, jazz, and more, Carnegie Hall celebrates the American musical traditions that flourished as a result of these migrations.

Beyond Carnegie Hall, public programming, performances, exhibitions, and events at festival partner organizations—leading cultural and academic institutions in New York City and beyond—will highlight other aspects of these and the many other migrations, including those from Italy, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia that have contributed to American culture today. Our music—and our history—is enriched by the diversity of cultures, traditions, and people of this nation. Come hear what defines us all.

Available now! Create your own series.

 
You can explore a diverse mix of performances in our Migrations festival when you Create Your Own Series. Dive right in—it's easy!
Select a minimum of four concerts with the same number of seats for each, choosing from any available price range in any of our three halls.

Seeking a more guided experience? Take a look at any of our Curated Series.

Events

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Chris Thile and Friends: My Love Is in America

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From $18 to $85

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From $18 to $85

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Andy Statman Trio

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From $40 to $48

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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Nicholas Payton, Trumpet

Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
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From $44 to $52

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From $44 to $52

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Karine Polwart
Kaia Kater

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From $50 to $65

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From $50 to $65

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

The Great American Jewish Songbook: Kern, Berlin, Arlen, Rodgers, and More
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From $93 to $110

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From $93 to $110

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

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From $13 to $76

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From $13 to $76

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

The Gloaming

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From $40 to $48

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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Deva Mahal

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From $44 to $53

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From $44 to $53

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From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture

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From $22.50 to $150

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From $22.50 to $150

Festival Partners

American Indian Community House
American Irish Historical Society
American Jewish Historical Society
American-Scottish Foundation
Americas Society
Apollo Theater
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
Association for Cultural Equity
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University
Center for Jewish History
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University
Centro Primo Levi
China Institute
El Museo del Barrio
Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Fiona Ritchie Productions/The Thistle & Shamrock, National Public Radio
Flushing Town Hall
Glucksman Ireland House/The Center for Irish Studies, New York University
Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University
Harlem Stage
Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
Immigration and Ethnic History Society
Indo-American Arts Council
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University
Institute of Irish Studies, Fordham University
Irish Arts Center
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Japan Society
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Keyes Art Projects
Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Center for the Arts and Culture, Hostos Community College, CUNY
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Museum of the City of New York
National Black Theatre, Inc.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
New York Caledonian Club
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
New York Tartan Week
Northern Ireland Bureau
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Origin Theatre Company
Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America
Scottish Government
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Studs Terkel Radio Archive
Tenement Museum
The Art Students League of New York
The Graduate Center, CUNY
The India Center Foundation
The Jewish Museum
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum of Modern Art
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New-York Historical Society
Vietnam Heritage Center
WFMT Radio Network
Yiddish Book Center
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

 

Ford Foundation

Lead support for Migrations: The Making of America is provided by the Ford Foundation, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Igor Tulchinsky.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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