• Thursday, Jan 5, 2017

    Carnegie Hall Community and Family Programs February and March 2017 Calendar

    Free Neighborhood Concerts presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute continue in February and March with vocal recitals, Afrobeat grooves, and Bollywood music in Manhattan, classical and reggae music in the Bronx, and Japanese taiko drumming in Queens. The series, now in its 41st year, brings established mainstage artists as well as rising stars of jazz, pop, and world music to communities throughout New York City.

    Children and their families can also enjoy free, interactive Carnegie Kids concerts by Polygraph Lounge, a duo that uses an unusual collection of handmade instruments to create original songs about the sounds all around us. The Carnegie Kids series is designed to inspire the imaginations and encourage the innate creativity of young children through music and play.


    Sunday, March 26 at 12:00 p.m.
    Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m.
    Resnick Education Wing

    Polygraph Lounge’s unusual collection of handmade instruments and original songs about the sounds all around you make for a fun show for the entire family. Kids will also have the chance to try out the duo’s instruments in an interactive sound playground.


    Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
    Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse (at 165th Street) | Bronx

    Brooklyn-based world roots band Brown Rice Family is a high-energy, nine-member ensemble that combines an eclectic mix of musical influences that encompass reggae, hip-hop, Brazilian, Afrobeat, jazz, rock, Latin, and funk. With members hailing from all over the world, Brown Rice Family draws on its diverse backgrounds to create a colorful, rhythm-driven, and highly danceable sound. This performance features new works written and performed by youth in collaboration with Brown Rice Family as part of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, as well as special guest Emeline Michel.


    Saturday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m.
    St. Michael's Church
    225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue) | Manhattan

    Tenor Christopher Yoon has performed leading roles in operas by Mozart, Rossini, Stravinsky, and Britten. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Yoon is the winner of the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition Encouragement Award, and was a finalist in the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition. He has also performed at Music Academy of the West, where he took on the role of Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen. Yoon is joined by dynamic and versatile pianist Binna Han.

    This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.

    Saturday, February 18 at 4:00 p.m.
    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street) | Manhattan

    Brooklyn-based Antibalas’s funky sound is inspired by Fela Kuti’s Nigerian Afrobeat grooves with a healthy dose of American soul music and Latin dance beats. Every Antibalas concert is a spicy mix of funk and jazz, with rhythms propelled by drums, horn, guitar, and bass. With a name derived from the Spanish word meaning “bulletproof,” Antibalas’s “jumpy juju guitar rhythms, spiritual-ancestral Yoruban drum patterns, and emphatic call-and-response choruses” (Los Angeles Times) lift audiences out of their seats.


    Saturday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m.
    St. Michael's Church
    225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue) | Manhattan

    South Korean coloratura soprano Hyesang Park’s “melting sound and gleaming top notes” (The New York Times) perfectly complement her dramatic prowess. A star of the Korean National Opera and a graduate of The Juilliard School, Park has performed leading roles in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia, Bellini’s La sonnambula, and Caballero’s zarzuela Chateau Margaux. Ken Noda is a soloist, chamber musician, and one of the world’s most sought-after collaborative pianists. He devotes much of his time to training young singers at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, as well as giving master classes at Juilliard.

    This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.

    Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
    Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
    524 West 59th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues) | Manhattan

    Falu takes inspiration from North Indian classical music and contemporary pop and jazz as she explores popular Bollywood songs from the 1960s. Bollywood, a tongue-in-cheek term describing the vast Bombay-based film industry, is known for its infectious music and exciting production numbers. Backed by Western strings, bass, guitar, and percussion, as well as the Indian tabla and harmonium, Falu’s Indian vocals bring the spirit of Bollywood to New York..

    Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m.
    LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College
    Mainstage Theater
    31-10 Thomson Avenue | Queens

    With hard-driving rhythms, dynamic choreography, and high-energy performances, Japanese drumming collective Soh Daiko takes traditional taiko music into the 21st century. Performing on drums, bamboo flute, brass bells, conch shells, and gongs, Soh Daiko’s diverse repertoire includes traditional Japanese music as well as original arrangements, enhanced by visual elements and the group’s extraordinary athleticism.

    About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. Approximately 600,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes 380,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through partnerships with over 90 orchestras in the US, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, and Spain.

    For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/Education


    Carnegie Kids is generously supported, in part, by an endowment gift from Linda and Earle S. Altman.

    Additional support is provided by Alexey Kononenko and Diana Toyberman.

    Lead support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

    Public support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal.


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