• Thursday, Sep 9, 2010

    Acclaimed South African Trumpeter Hugh Masekela Performs at Carnegie Hall on October 16




    On Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m., celebrated trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela brings his signature sound—jazz and pop blended with the music of his South African roots—to Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall for the first time since 2003. Over the course of his 50-year career, Masekela has journeyed from apartheid South Africa to the forefront of the world music scene, and he has been heralded for his innovation in both the jazz and world music genres. He has released over 25 records and collaborated with artists throughout the US, Africa, and Europe including Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, and Herb Albert.

    In addition to headlining his own ensembles, Masekela is well known for his integral role backing Paul Simon’s tour for the classic album Graceland. His Grammy Award-winning hit Grazing in the Grass sold over 4 million copies, and brought him international recognition. His music was selected by renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey to underscore a dance piece entitled Masekela Language for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which explores oppression by drawing parallels between the era of South African apartheid and the race-induced violence in Chicago during the 1960s. The multitalented artist also co-created the Broadway hit musical Sarafina which introduced the sounds and passion of South African music to theater audiences worldwide.

    Hugh Masekela’s work as an activist raised international awareness of the South African government’s restrictive apartheid policies, and his hit song Bring Him Back Home became an anthem for the Free Nelson Mandela movement in the 1980s. Masekela continues to conduct educational residencies and maintains an extensive touring schedule.

    Program Information
    Saturday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    , Trumpet and Flugelhorn

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $27, $31, $38, $50, $67, $74, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.




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