• Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010

    Carnegie Hall Announces 2010-2011 Season



    A Two-Part Citywide Festival Led By Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa,
    Exploring Japan’s Arts and Culture with Events in
    December 2010 and Spring 2011

    Perspectives: James Taylor
    Singer/Songwriter Presents Four-Concert Residency,
    Sharing Early Influences and Tracing His Evolution as an Artist

    Perspectives: Christian Tetzlaff
    Acclaimed Violinist Performs Wide Array of Music in Six Events,
    Showcasing His Versatility as Soloist, Chamber Musician, and Educator

    Debs Composer’s Chair: Brad Mehldau
    Innovative Pianist/Composer Becomes First Jazz Artist to Hold Debs Chair;
    Season-Long Residency Explores Relationship between Improvisation and Composition

    2010–2011 Season Opens with Four Concerts by the
    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by
    Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustavo Dudamel

    Musicians from Norway’s Risør Chamber Music Festival Bring Four Programs to
    Carnegie Hall, Led by Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and Violist Lars Anders Tomter

    120th Anniversary Celebrated with Two Gala Concerts in Spring 2011:
    James Taylor Pays Tribute to Carnegie Hall’s History; and
    New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax,
    Gil Shaham, and Audra McDonald Perform on May 5 Anniversary

    Programs of the Weill Music Institute and The Academy Flourish, with
    Highlights Including: New Choral Project for Hundreds of NYC High School
    Students Led by Marin Alsop; 20th Anniversary Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop
    with Robert Spano and Norman Mackenzie; and Ensemble ACJW Concerts
    Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and David Robertson


    (NEW YORK)—Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 season, consisting of 180 performances and extensive educational programs, featuring collaborations with many of the world’s greatest musicians and ensembles from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, and world music, with concerts presented on Carnegie Hall’s three stages and throughout New York City. A major highlight of Carnegie Hall’s new season will be JapanNYC, an ambitious two-part citywide festival, led by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa, exploring the incredible diversity of Japan’s arts and culture with more than 40 events at Carnegie Hall and New York partner institutions in December 2010 and spring 2011.

    Mr. Gillinson also announced extended Carnegie Hall residencies by a number of acclaimed artists, representing different musical genres, including two new Perspectives series of artist-curated programs with singer/songwriter James Taylor and with renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff, and a season-long residency by composer/pianist Brad Mehldau as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall—the first jazz artist to hold this position since it was established in 1995. Among other major highlights: Musicians from Norway’s Risør Chamber Music Festival will give four performances at Carnegie Hall next season, led by festival co-artistic directors, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violist Lars Anders Tomter.

    “Collaboration is at the heart of our programming philosophy for the 2010–2011 season,” said Mr. Gillinson. “We’re focused on bringing the world’s finest artists and ensembles to Carnegie Hall’s stages, and giving them a platform on which to express themselves, developing interesting programs that stimulate, engage, and delight audiences. Through creative partnerships with other leading cultural institutions, community partners, and educators, we seek to reach even further, finding new ways to spark the curiosity of arts-lovers and working tirelessly to ensure that people have access to great music of all genres as part of their daily lives. Whether it’s through our citywide festival, fascinating Perspectives series with extraordinary artists, adventurous programs at Carnegie Hall and community venues, or creative learning projects and educational programs in the schools, we hope that this season encourages people to stretch and expand their musical horizons. How wonderful that 120 years after its doors first opened, we celebrate that Carnegie Hall not only continues to be the home of the best in music, but also an alive and vital place for all to enjoy.”

    Highlights Overview
    Carnegie Hall launches its 2010–2011 season on September 29 with a gala all-Beethoven concert featuring the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Pianist Lang Lang joins the orchestra on Opening Night for a program that includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 7. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will perform three additional concerts during Carnegie Hall’s opening week, appearing once more under the direction of Mr. Harnoncourt and twice under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins the orchestra as soloist for the week’s fourth and final concert.

    Carnegie Hall first opened its doors on May 5, 1891. The Hall will celebrate its 120th anniversary with gala concerts on April 12 by James Taylor paying tribute to Carnegie Hall’s history, followed on May 5 by the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert, vocalist Audra McDonald, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham, and pianist Emanuel Ax, performing a program of Beethoven, Dvorák, Ellington, and Gershwin. The concert will be recorded by Thirteen/WNET for later national broadcast on the PBS television series Great Performances

    Between its September opening night and spring anniversary celebrations, Carnegie Hall presents a wide variety of programming with some of the finest classical, jazz, pop, and world music artists, including a number of special projects and residencies. Carnegie Hall’s ambitious two-part citywide festival JapanNYC—with over 40 performances and events in December 2010 and March–April 2011—explores the world of Japan today, where artists embrace their country’s unique aesthetic sensibilities while continually revitalizing its cultural landscape. JapanNYC is led by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa, who conducts cornerstone festival performances by two major ensembles he founded, the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra). The festival features some of the country’s great classical music artists, as well as Noh theater, Taiko drumming, manga and calligraphy, dance, art exhibitions, jazz, and traditional Japanese musical performances, with events extending throughout New York City through partnerships with fourteen local cultural institutions. Looking beyond New York City, Carnegie Hall is pleased to continue its partnership with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County with a new West Coast festival: JapanOC. Thanks to the generous support of South Coast Plaza, this collaboration will bring programming from JapanNYC to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, and other prestigious Southern California institutions from October 2010 through April 2011.

    Major highlights of Carnegie Hall’s season include two Perspectives series of artist-curated programs by singer/songwriter James Taylor and violinist Christian Tetzlaff, with Mr. Taylor presenting a four-concert residency celebrating the songs that have made him an American icon, and Mr. Tetzlaff performing in programs showcasing his versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator; and the appointment of composer/pianist Brad Mehldau to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall—the first jazz artist named to this position—with a season-long residency featuring premieres of new music and programs devoted to Mr. Mehldau’s unique exploration of the space between improvisation and notated composition.

    Other season highlights: musicians from Norway’s acclaimed Risør Chamber Music Festival perform four programs at Carnegie Hall; conductor Riccardo Muti makes his New York debut as the new music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in three concerts; conductor Valery Gergiev leads a Mahler symphony cycle this season, including programs with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and with the London Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall (presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series); a special Music of Steve Reich program celebrates the composer’s 75th birthday year with an all-star lineup of today’s leading contemporary music ensembles, including Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, and So Percussion and premieres of new music by Reich; concerts by such world music stars as Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, and Gal Costa in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage; and Carnegie Hall commissioned-new music from composers Thomas Adès, Osvaldo Golijov, Atsuhiko Gondai, Stephen Hartke, Christopher Rouse, Mark Grey, Jake Heggie, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

    Spring for Music, a new and innovative annual festival of concerts by North American orchestras, presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, will make its debut in May 2011. For the inaugural festival, seven orchestras have been selected to present one concert each at Carnegie Hall over nine days from May 6–14, 2011: Albany Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Oregon Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Toledo Symphony. Programs will be announced in early 2011.

    The extensive educational activities of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) and The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—continue to flourish, with many offerings integrated into Carnegie Hall’s concert programming. Programs next season include a new creative learning project in which hundreds of New York City high school students will be invited to explore and perform a gospel version of Handel’s Messiah, entitled Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led by its Music Director Marin Alsop; the 20th anniversary Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop led by Norman Mackenzie and Robert Spano, culminating in a Carnegie Hall performance of Berlioz’s Requiem; and adventurous concerts by Ensemble ACJW, the performing arm of The Academy, including programs led by Sir Simon Rattle and David Robertson.

    For the sixth consecutive year, Bank of America will be Carnegie Hall’s season sponsor. “Bank of America has been a remarkable partner to Carnegie Hall, and we are very grateful for their support,” said Mr. Gillinson. “Their involvement ensures that we can continue to bring the world’s finest artists to Carnegie Hall, developing new and creative programming. It also helps us to sustain programs that provide access to great music, including performances at Carnegie Hall, in schools, and throughout the community.”

    JapanNYC, Carnegie Hall’s expansive two-part citywide festival, led by Artistic Director Seiji Ozawa, invites audiences to explore the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with more than 40 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues in December 2010 and spring 2011. The festival will feature concerts by some of the country’s great classical music artists, including cornerstone festival performances by two ensembles founded by Mr. Ozawa—the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra)—in rare overseas appearances.

    In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall, JapanNYC will extend itself throughout New York City, thanks to partnerships with prestigious New York cultural institutions and free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts at community partner venues in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.

    In New York, JapanNYC launches in December 2010 with Maestro Seiji Ozawa conducting three Carnegie Hall concerts by the Saito Kinen Orchestra, resident ensemble of the prestigious annual Japanese festival that Mr. Ozawa founded in 1984 to honor the memory of his beloved teacher, the conductor and influential educator Hideo Saito; pianist Mitsuko Uchida joins Saito Kinen as soloist for one performance. The festival will pay tribute to the late Toru Takemitsu, considered by many to be Japan’s greatest composer and also a close colleague of Mr. Ozawa’s, with a film series at Film Forum featuring movies with scores by the composer and three concerts in December on consecutive evenings, including a performance of his orchestral work November Steps by the Saito Kinen Orchestra, a concert of traditional Japanese music at Columbia University, and a Zankel Hall performance featuring improvisations on Takemitsu’s film music, curated by the composer’s daughter, Maki.

    Surrounding these December 2010 musical performances will be a variety of fall exhibitions, workshops, and performances, including manga and calligraphy workshops for young people, presented by The New York Public Library; theatrical performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, inspired by Japanese anime as part of Works & Process at the Guggenheim performed by the Juilliard Ensemble and George Manahan with narration by Isaac Mizrahi and an installation inspired by Japanese anime featuring a visual concept by artist Rei Sato from Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Co studio; and exhibitions of Japanese art focusing on works by renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara at the Asia Society, Zen master Hakuin Ekaku at Japan Society, and the great artist/designer Isamu Noguchi and his contemporaries at The Noguchi Museum.

    JapanNYC returns in March and April 2011 with three weeks of events across New York City, including concerts of classical, jazz, and traditional Japanese music; contemporary theater; noh and kyogen plays; modern dance; film; and more.

    A major spring highlight will be the US debut of the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra). Founded by Mr. Ozawa in 2000, the orchestra is comprised of promising young musicians who are given the opportunity to learn and perform both opera and orchestral music under the tutelage of world-class professionals. For JapanNYC, Mr. Ozawa will bring this gifted young orchestra to Carnegie Hall, presenting a concert performance of Mozart’s opera Le nozze di Figaro and an orchestral program to include Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Martha Argerich.

    Exciting JapanNYC Carnegie Hall presentations will also include: violinist Midori in two performances—a solo recital and chamber music program; a concert by the NHK Symphony Orchestra, joined by Principal Guest Conductor André Previn and soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa; Bach’s Mass in B Minor, performed by Japan’s premier period instrument ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan, led by its founder and Artistic Director Masaaki Suzuki. Also at Carnegie Hall: a Zankel Hall program featuring jazz pianist/composer Toshiko Akiyoshi; traditional Japanese folk music with shamisen players Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta; and the New York recital debut of classical pianist Aimi Kobayashi.

    Spring 2011 JapanNYC musical highlights at partner venues will include a performance of gagaku—traditional Japanese court music that dates back more than 1,000 years—featuring the Columbia Gagaku Instrumental Ensemble at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. The acclaimed Kodo Drummers perform at Avery Fisher Hall in a concert presented by Absolutely Live Entertainment and New Audiences.  The Juilliard School will present two concerts at Alice Tully Hall, one by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, performing ceremonial and ritual works by Japanese composers, and one by the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by Music Director Joel Sachs, exploring music of the avant-garde after World War II.

    Japan Society will contribute to JapanNYC in spring 2011 with presentations of art and artists both past and present: performances by Kashu-juku Noh Theater, traditional Japanese theater with a 600-year history, and Bye-Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, an exhibition featuring 16 groundbreaking Japanese visual artists.

    Other fascinating JapanNYC spring partner events: the annual Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) connects leading New York galleries and museums in a citywide event of public programs, exhibitions, receptions, lectures, artist conversations, performances, and more. The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in partnership with Asia Society will present The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, a multimedia play based on a novel by the great Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. BAC will also partner with Danspace to present Eiko and Koma: The Retrospective Project, celebrating 30 years of the pioneering dancers/choreographers with film screenings, live performances, workshops, and panel discussions. In Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham: A Legendary Collaboration, in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the Martha Graham Dance Company performs a program that includes three works all featuring set designs by famed Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi.

    In addition to its December film series focusing on the film scores of Tōru Takemitsu, Film Forum will present Japanese Divas in March, a series of films spotlighting five legendary actresses from the golden age of Japanese cinema, including some previously unseen in the US; and The Paley Center will present A Window On Japan, highlighting arts and culture through films about Japan from its collection including a Special Family Screening day and a second day featuring Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Japan (1962), Bejart’s Kabuki Ballet (1986), and Ode to Joy: 10,000 Voices Resound (2002).

    Four free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in partnership with community venues throughout New York City in the spring, will invite audiences to experience a diverse range of Japanese artists, including Taiko drumming group Soh Daiko; shamisen players Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta; and Line C3 Percussion Group in a program of works by Tokyo-based composers and New York composers influenced by Japan.

    Extending beyond New York and following the success of its bicoastal festival celebrating Chinese culture in fall 2009, Carnegie Hall will continue its West Coast partnership with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County for a second consecutive year. Select artists appearing in JapanNYC will also perform this season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, as part of JapanOC, a West Coast festival presented throughout the Philharmonic Society’s 2010–2011 season, thanks to the generous support of South Coast Plaza. JapanOC will feature a variety of arts events and musical performances, including collaborations with prominent Southern California cultural institutions.

    With programming kicking off in late 2010, the festivals on both US coasts were planned to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first overseas trade mission from Japan to the United States and the ratification of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1860, saluting this milestone and special friendship between two great nations.

    JapanNYC is the fifth major citywide festival to be presented by Carnegie Hall since 2007. Past festivals have included multi-disciplinary celebrations of the city of Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, African American music, and Chinese culture. Programming for JapanNYC reflects Carnegie Hall’s commitment to presenting festivals that draw together the Hall’s programmatic and educational resources, inviting audiences to explore compelling themes across the full spectrum of the arts.

    Perspectives Artists: James Taylor and Christian Tetzlaff
    In spring 2011, singer/songwriter James Taylor will present a highly personal four-event Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, a residency that will celebrate the songs that have made him an American icon, revealing his true breadth as a musician and his evolution as an artist. Taylor’s Perspectives begins when he hosts a special gala, James Taylor at Carnegie Hall, celebrating 120 years of Carnegie Hall’s storied history with special guests to be announced. The following week, a program titled James Taylor: Roots focuses on his early musical influences, including bluegrass, blues, Celtic music, and Church of England hymns. In May, Taylor offers an evening devoted to popular music’s instrument of choice with James Taylor: Guitar Conversations, delving into the versatility of the guitar, with Mr. Taylor performing alongside all-stars of the genre. His Perspectives series concludes when he will be joined in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage by his legendary band for Quintessential James Taylor and His Band, a performance of his greatest hits.

    Celebrated violinist Christian Tetzlaff curates an expansive six-event Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall throughout the 2010–2011 season, exemplifying his versatility as both a soloist and a chamber musician. In five concerts, Mr. Tetzlaff performs or leads 17 works—from classical to contemporary—in a variety of settings. He begins his Perspectives with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, appearing in the dual role as leader and soloist for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Sibelius’s Suite for Violin and Strings. He next appears with Ensemble ACJW and conductor Sir Simon Rattle as soloist in Ligeti’s Violin Concerto and as concertmaster of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen: A Study for 23 Strings. In March 2011, he joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director James Levine to perform in all three works on the program, including the New York premiere of a new work by Harrison Birtwistle and music by Bartók and Mozart. Mr. Tetzlaff then focuses on chamber music, performing Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Schoenberg with his group, the Tetzlaff Quartet, in April before presenting a duo violin recital with Antje Weithaas of works by Leclair, Bartók, Bériot, and Ysaÿe in May. He also leads his first Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop, presented by the Weill Music Institute, inviting young musicians to examine the solo violin works of Bach and the violin and piano duos of Brahms and Schumann in an intensive five-day span. The week will include public master classes and culminate in a performance by the participants.

    The Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, 2010–2011 Season
    Jazz pianist and composer Brad Mehldau has been appointed to hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2010–2011 season. Mr. Mehldau is the first jazz artist to be appointed to the Debs Composer’s Chair since Carnegie Hall established the position in 1995. Distinguished as an innovative jazz pianist with a penchant for juxtaposing extremes and exploring the space between improvisation and notated composition, he will bring these elements to Zankel Hall’s stage in various capacities throughout his residency.

    The residency begins in November 2010 with the live, New York premiere of Mr. Mehldau’s new concert-length work Highway Rider with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Larry Grenadier, and percussionists Jeff Ballard and Matt Chamberlain. (Highway Rider was released on CD by Nonesuch in March 2010.) In January 2011, he explores the dichotomy that makes up his musical personality—an improviser with a deep fascination for the formal architecture of classical music—in a solo program featuring some of his own original compositions interspersed with classical piano works that influenced him throughout his career. In February, he reunites with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter for the New York premiere of a newly expanded version of his song cycle Love Songs, along with traditional lieder and standards from such composers as Brahms and Lennon & McCartney. The expanded version of Love Songs was commissioned by Carnegie Hall following the original’s spring 2009 debut by this duo. The original libretto comprises three poems by early 20th-century American poet Sara Teasdale, book-ended by poems from Philip Larkin and e e cummings.

    In March, Mr. Mehldau concludes his season-long residency with a concert entitled Piano Power, featuring the world premiere of a new work for two pianos, six winds, and percussion co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall as well as emerging contemporary classical piano duos by composers Patrick Zimmerli and Timothy Andres. He will also lead master classes exploring improvisation and creative collaboration for solo and jazz piano trios at (Le) Poisson Rouge, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute as part of its Professional Training Workshop series for young artists.

    Previous holders of Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair have been Louis Andriessen (2009–2010), Elliott Carter (2008–2009), Thomas Adès (2007–2008), John Adams (2003–2007), Pierre Boulez (1999–2003), and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1995–1999).

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performances Launch Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 Season
    The renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will launch Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 season with four performances—two conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and two led by Gustavo Dudamel. Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala on September 29 features Mr. Harnoncourt and the orchestra in an all-Beethoven program, including the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with guest soloist Lang Lang and Symphony No. 7.

    Mr. Harnoncourt will return the following night to conduct Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8. Mr. Dudamel’s first program features works by Rossini, Bernstein, Ravel, and the Spanish/Mexican composer Julián Orbón. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Mr. Dudamel and the orchestra for its fourth and final concert, performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto, on a program completed by Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

    Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary Gala Concerts
    Carnegie Hall celebrates its 120th anniversary with two special galas. The first, in April, headlined by James Taylor and special guests to be announced, will pay tribute to Carnegie Hall’s colorful and storied history. This performance will be followed on May 5 by an Anniversary Gala Concert by the New York Philharmonic, with Music Director Alan Gilbert leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Gil Shaham, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma; and songs by Duke Ellington with vocalist Audra McDonald; as well as Dvorák’s Carnival Overture and Gershwin’s An American in Paris, which had its premiere at Carnegie Hall in 1928. The Music Hall, founded by Andrew Carnegie, opened its doors on May 5, 1891 with a concert that featured the American debut of conductor and composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The May 5 concert will be recorded by Thirteen/WNET for later national broadcast on the PBS television series Great Performances.

    Risør Chamber Music Festival Comes To Carnegie Hall
    Performers from the annual Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway—including the festival’s co-artistic directors, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violist Lars Anders Tomter—bring four programs to Carnegie Hall in the coming season. Highlights include performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major; Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor; Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arranged by Schoenberg), among other songs, performed by soprano Measha Brueggergosman; and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 with Mr. Andsnes as soloist. Marc-André-Hamelin and Mr. Andsnes will also perform the two-piano version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Other featured artists include clarinetist Martin Fröst, violinists Henning Kraggerud and Øyvind Bjorå, cellist Torleif Thedéen, and the Risør Festival Strings.

    The Risør Chamber Music Festival, held annually for one week every summer in the small coastal fishing village of Risør, Norway, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011. In addition to its dedicated core of Norwegian artists, top international artists have traveled to Risør to participate every summer throughout the history of the festival. The festival’s repertoire covers a broad range of music from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, with a focus on Norwegian and contemporary music. Musicians stay in the tiny village of Risør throughout the festival week, creating a special atmosphere for musicians and audiences alike.

    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute—2010–2011 Season Highlights
    Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) will continue to offer extensive programming for children and adults through a variety of community programs, school-based work, family-friendly concerts, and programs for music professionals. During the 2010–2011 season, WMI will provide opportunities for people of all ages to create, experience, and enjoy the benefits of live music.

    Following The Bernstein Mass Project, a highly successful collaboration in the 2008–2009 season, WMI will team up again in 2010–2011 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop for a creative learning project in which hundreds of New York City high school students will be invited to explore, rehearse, and perform Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, a jazzy retooling of Handel’s choral work with R&B, jazz, and gospel styles. The Gospel Messiah Project will be made up of two separate initiatives: the performance project and the creative project. For the performance project, a large choir of approximately 200 students will learn The Gospel Messiah in their schools with their choral directors before joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Ms. Alsop for the final rehearsals and performance at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. In the second project component, singers from four of the participating schools will also have the opportunity to work with composers to create their own choral anthems or arrangements, based on the themes explored in The Gospel Messiah, and will then perform these original works in a separate Zankel Hall concert.

    The 2010-2011 season marks the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop, first led in 1990 by the late Robert Shaw. Since then, the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop has gathered choral professionals—conductors and singers—to prepare and perform great vocal masterworks at Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall will commemorate this anniversary in the new season’s Choral Workshop, with intensive preparation and a culminating performance of Berlioz’s Requiem. For the anniversary year, WMI will pair the Choral Workshop with its National High School Choral Festival program, bringing together the professionals of the Choral Workshop with high school choirs chosen by audition, for the final performance of Berlioz’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. The chorus will be prepared by Norman Mackenzie, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s longtime chorus director who worked closely with Shaw, and the final concert will feature the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Robert Spano.

    Other opportunities for professional musicians next season are presented through WMI’s series of Professional Training Workshops, which offer unique opportunities to explore great music with the leading artists of our time. In addition to the Choral Workshop, WMI will present four additional programs: a five-day Professional Training Workshop led by violinist Christian Tetzlaff, examining solo violin works of Bach, as well as violin and piano duos by Brahms and Schumann, and presented as part of Mr. Tetzlaff’s Perspectives series; a Workshop led by soprano Dawn Upshaw with composer Donnacha Dennehy for singers and composers in partnership with The Bard College Conservatory of Music; a series of master classes for pianists and jazz trios on improvisation and collaboration led by Brad Mehldau—holder of Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair; and The Song Continues…2011, a series of workshops dedicated to the art of the vocal recital, headed by mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne and featuring master classes led by Ms. Horne, Kurt Moll, and Malcolm Martineau and duo-recitals by program participants. This will mark the first year that the Weill Music Institute will present The Song Continues… under its own banner after many years of partnership with The Marilyn Horne Foundation. In 2009, it was announced that The Song Continues… and other core programs of the foundation would be incorporated into WMI’s programming with Ms. Horne serving as Artistic Advisor.

    Of its over 50 free public community programs next season, WMI will present four free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts as part of the citywide festival JapanNYC, including performances by Taiko drumming group Soh Daiko, shamisen duo Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta, and Line C3 Percussion Group. Also under WMI’s community programs banner is Musical Connections, now entering its second season, which provides free concerts and events in non-traditional venues such as correctional facilities, shelters, health care and elder-care facilities, bringing live music to people who would otherwise not have access to it on a regular basis. A specially selected roster of performing artists present a variety of concerts, workshops, and residencies, some focusing on collaborative music-making, with special attention paid to addressing the particular needs of these diverse audiences. WMI’s partnerships with non-traditional venues in New York City have flourished during the program’s first year and will expand next season.

    Among its sequential, school-based programs for pre-K through high school, WMI continues its Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange: Music of Mexico program for a second consecutive season. New York City high school students and their peers from Mexico City will collaborate and interact to explore each other’s music and culture. The program includes two concerts using videoconference technology to connect the students between Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and a venue in Mexico City.

    WMI has launched an online resource center for educators around the world that provides curriculum materials for its school-based programs and support materials for other WMI programs, as well as resources related to teaching artistry, professional development, and general music education. Online education resources can be found at carnegiehall.org/orc/index.html.

    The Weill Music Institute creates broad-reaching music education and community programs that play a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, these programs occur at Carnegie Hall as well as in schools and throughout neighborhoods, providing musical opportunities for everyone, from preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professionals. With access to the world’s greatest artists and latest technologies, the Weill Music Institute is uniquely positioned to inspire the next generation of music lovers, to nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and to shape the evolution of musical learning itself. The Weill Music Institute’s school and community programs annually serve over 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US, as well as many people around the world through its online and distance learning initiatives.

    The Academy—2010–2011 Season Highlights
    During the 2010–2011 season, The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—will welcome a new class of 20 fellows. During their two-year fellowship, the musicians will perform concerts as members of Ensemble ACJW, work in New York City public school music classrooms partnering with a music teacher, and engage with different communities through concerts and residencies.

    Highlights of Ensemble ACJW’s 2010–2011 season include a number of concerts at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues throughout New York City and New York State, with special programs conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (also featuring soprano Barbara Hannigan and violinist Christian Tetzlaff, as part of Tetzlaff’s Perspectives series); and by David Robertson with soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Juilliard Opera.

    This season, The Academy continues to expand its relationships with a number of national and international partner organizations. Ensemble ACJW will perform concerts at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and appear in a Carnegie Hall Family Concert and Neighborhood Concerts presented by the Weill Music Institute. Partnerships with such organizations as New York’s Skidmore College and Nassau County’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services; Germany’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival; Spain’s Niemeyer Center; and Japan’s Suntory Hall will bring Academy performances and residencies—some featuring Academy alumni—to audiences around the world.

    The Academy is a two-year fellowship designed to develop the skills and values necessary for careers that combine musical excellence with education, community engagement, and advocacy. The program offers young professional musicians opportunities to perform in concert halls, to teach in public schools, to engage in local communities and college campuses, and to support this work through professional development. The program reflects the belief that the artist of tomorrow requires both the ability to perform at the highest level and the capacity to give back to the community, inspiring the next generation of musicians and music lovers. The Academy was launched in January 2007, initiated by Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson in partnership with President Joseph Polisi of The Juilliard School. Ensemble ACJW—the performing arm of The Academy—comes together in different sizes, having the opportunity to play intimate chamber music as well as larger, conducted chamber orchestra works. Ensemble ACJW concerts attract diverse audiences, from public school music students to classical music newcomers and long-time subscribers.


    Additional 2010–2011 Season Highlights  

    Commissions and Contemporary Music
    In 2010–2011, Carnegie Hall will present 32 new works in their world, U.S., or local premieres, with 11 first performances of music commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Brad Mehldau will premiere two new Carnegie Hall-commissioned works as part of his season-long residency as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair. These will include an expansion of his 2009 work, Love Songs, performed by the composer and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, as well as a new work for two pianos, six winds, and percussion. Mehldau will also present the New York premiere of his evening-length work Highway Rider with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

    For the citywide JapanNYC festival, Carnegie Hall has commissioned a new orchestral work from Atsuhiko Gondai—one of Japan’s leading contemporary voices—which will be given its U.S. premiere by conductor Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra.

    Carnegie Hall has commissioned Steve Reich to write a new work to be performed by Kronos Quartet at a special Music of Steve Reich concert, celebrating Reich’s 75th birthday next season. The new work—for live and pre-recorded string quartet—will be performed by Kronos on a program that also includes new music ensemble eighth blackbird’s reprise of Reich’s Double Sextet, a previous Carnegie Hall commission for which Reich was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Music; and the New York premieres of the Reich works 2x5 by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Mallet Quartet by So Percussion. Other new Carnegie Hall-commissioned string quartets receiving premieres in the new season are those by Thomas Adès for the Emerson String Quartet, Osvaldo Golijov for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stephen Hartke for the Brentano String Quartet, and Christopher Rouse for the Calder Quartet.

    Additional Carnegie Hall commissions include Mark Grey’s Atash Sorushan (Fire Angels) for Soprano, Piano, and Chamber Orchestra, to be performed by soprano Jessica Rivera, pianist Molly Morkoski, and the MEME Ensemble; a new work by Jake Heggie, written for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; and a solo piano work by Esa-Pekka Salonen, to be premiered by Yefim Bronfman.

    Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 three-concert Making Music series features conversations with and music by three of today’s leading composers: Evan Ziporyn, James MacMillan, and Christopher Rouse, with a number of premieres on each program.

    Led by its new Music Director George Manahan, the American Composers Orchestra will perform its annual three concert series, Orchestra Underground, in Zankel Hall. Performances include premieres by Alvin Singleton, John Luther Adams, Wang Jie, Douglas Cuomo, Christopher Trapani, and Jerome Kitzke, among others, with guest soloists to include soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Ursula Oppens.

    In other contemporary music highlights, eighth blackbird will offer a program of works by Thomas Adès, Missy Mazzoli, Stephen Hartke, and Pierre Boulez; Alarm Will Sound performs its concert 1969, which musically illustrates that year through the works of Stockhausen, Lennon & McCartney, Berio, Bernstein, and Stravinsky; and violinist Midori and pianist Charles Abramovic deliver a recital of works by Huw Watkins, Toshio Hosokawa, James MacMillan, and John Adams as part of JapanNYC.

    Other premieres at Carnegie Hall in the coming season include Thomas Adés’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,” performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz with conductor David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; a new work for violin and orchestra by Harrison Birtwistle to be performed by violinist Christian Tetzlaff with conductor James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra as part of Mr. Tetzlaff’s Perspectives series; a new work by Toshio Hosokawa for Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra; James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto to be performed by violinist Vadim Repin with conductor Charles Dutoit and The Philadelphia Orchestra; and a solo piano work by Bernard Rands for Jonathan Biss.

    Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 season is rich with symphonic offerings, featuring performances by 17 American orchestras and eight international orchestras.

    The season begins with four concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, two led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and two by Gustavo Dudamel. The orchestra’s series of concerts includes an all-Beethoven gala program with Mr. Harnoncourt and pianist Lang Lang, heralding Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night (see details for all four concerts above).

    Three Japanese orchestras perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the two-part, citywide festival JapanNYC. In December, Seiji Ozawa leads the Saito Kinen Orchestra in three concerts, including music by Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 3 with Mitsuko Uchida), Brahms (Symphony No. 1), Takemitsu (November Steps), Berlioz (Symphonie fantastique), and Britten (War Requiem), and a new work by Atsuhiko Gondai, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. In the spring, the festival continues with a performance by the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor André Previn in a program to include Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Seiji Ozawa also returns in the spring to lead two concerts by the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra), which he founded in 2000. The orchestra makes its US debut with a concert performance of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and an orchestral program featuring music by Ravel and Beethoven with pianist Martha Argerich as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

    In a special highlight next season, Valery Gergiev will conduct a Mahler symphony cycle in New York City, including performances at Carnegie Hall in 2010, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Five concerts at Carnegie Hall with Mr. Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra include Mahler’s symphonies nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8. The remaining concerts of the cycle will be presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series with Mr. Gergiev leading the London Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

    Among the other international orchestras at Carnegie Hall next season, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Peter Oundjian offer a program featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1; and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra performs two concerts under its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yuri Temirkanov. Their first program features works by Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as Nikolai Lugansky as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2; their second features works by Prokofiev and Brahms, with Alisa Weilerstein as soloist in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1.

    On May 5, 2011, Carnegie Hall celebrates the 120th anniversary of its opening with a special gala concert by the New York Philharmonic. Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Gil Shaham, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma; songs by Duke Ellington with vocalist Audra McDonald; Dvorák’s Carnival Overture; and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Earlier in the season, the Philharmonic and Maestro Gilbert appear in a concert with violinist Midori in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; the program also includes John Adams’s Harmonielehre.

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra makes its first Carnegie Hall appearances under the direction of new Music Director Riccardo Muti in three programs: a concert performance of Verdi’s opera Otello; an all-Berlioz program pairing the Symphonie fantastique with its seldom heard “sequel” Lélio featuring actor Gérard Depardieu; and a program that features Anna Clyne’s «rewind«, Varèse’s Arcana, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. The Chicago Symphony Chorus joins the CSO and Mr. Muti for the first two performances.

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director James Levine perform on three consecutive nights next season, with their first program featuring Mozart’s Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and the New York premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s new work for violin and orchestra—all featuring Christian Tetzlaff as soloist as part of his Perspectives series. The following evening, pianist Maurizio Pollini is featured in concertos by Mozart and Schoenberg. The BSO concludes with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Mr. Levine also conducts The MET Orchestra in its three-concert Carnegie Hall series next season, with highlights to include mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and tenor Simon O’Neill in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, pianist Evgeny Kissin as soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and a final program featuring soprano Natalie Dessay.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra and Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit open their three-concert Carnegie Hall series with pianist Jeremy Denk as soloist in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on a program also including works by Dutilleux and Prokofiev. Other season highlights for Mr. Dutoit and the orchestra include the New York premiere of James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto with Vadim Repin and a concluding all-Stravinsky program of Apollo (Apollon musagète) and Oedipus Rex.

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop perform twice in 2010–2011, first with soloist Simon Trpceski in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, on a program that also includes works by Barber and Beethoven (Mahler’s orchestration of the “Eroica” Symphony). The second program, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is a presentation of Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah, featuring a choir of hundreds of New York City high school students (see Weill Music Institute season highlights above).

    The Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs its annual three-concert series with programs led by Perspectives artist Christian Tetzlaff, Edo de Waart, and Iván Fisher, with such guest soloists as mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and violinist Nikolaj Znaider. Also, violinist Jaime Laredo conducts the New York String Orchestra in its pair of seasonal December concerts, next season featuring violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Benjamin Hochman, violinist Daniel Hope, and cellist Paul Watkins.

    Among other highlights by American orchestras, Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Ligeti’s Atmosphères, Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin, and Janácek’s Glagolitic Mass; the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director David Robertson perform Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, and the New York premiere of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, “Concentric Paths,” with Leila Josefowicz; The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst give the New York premiere of a new work by Toshio Hosokawa, along with music by Debussy and Richard Strauss; and Osmo Vänskä leads the Minnesota Orchestra in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with guest soloist Lisa Batiashvili, and Sibelius’s symphonies nos. 6 and 7.

    Spring for Music, a new and innovative annual festival of concerts by North American orchestras, presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, will make its debut from May 4–16, 2011. For the inaugural festival, seven orchestras have been selected to present one concert each at Carnegie Hall over nine days: Albany Symphony,Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Oregon Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Toledo Symphony. Programs will be announced in early 2011. All tickets for Spring for Music performances will be $25.

    Chamber Music
    Among the chamber music highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 season, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and violist Lars Anders Tomter bring musicians from Norway’s acclaimed Risør Chamber Music Festival to Carnegie Hall for three Zankel Hall performances and one in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. The collaborating artists at these concerts include soprano Measha Brueggergosman, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, clarinetist Martin Fröst, violinists Henning Kraggerud and Øyvind Bjorå, cellist Torleif Thedéen, and the Risør Festival Strings (see above for more details).

    As part of the JapanNYC festival, violinist Midori will collaborate with violist Nobuko Imai, cellist Antoine Lederlin, and pianist Jonathan Biss on a chamber music program in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, performing piano trios by Haydn and Schubert and a Dvorák piano quartet. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff offers two chamber music programs as part of his Perspectives series, performing string quartets by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Schoenberg with the Tetzlaff Quartet and duos by Bartók, de Bériot, Leclair, and Ysaÿe with violinist Antje Weithaas. Ms. Weithaas also performs as part of the Arcanto Quartet—in its Carnegie Hall debut—which also features violinist Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann, and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras.

    In addition to the Tetzlaff and Arcanto quartets, other string quartets appearing at Carnegie Hall next season include the Emerson String Quartet, performing a new quartet by Thomas Adès, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, as well as music by Mozart and Debussy with guest flutist James Galway; the St. Lawrence String Quartet, performing a new quartet by Osvaldo Golijov, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, along with works by Haydn and Schubert; the Brentano String Quartet, performing a new work by Stephen Hartke and music by Haydn and Beethoven; and the Ebène Quartet, which returns to Carnegie Hall following a successful debut in the 2008–2009 season. Also featured in the new season will be the Miami String Quartet, The Parker Quartet, and the Pražák Quartet.

    In another chamber music highlight, James Levine returns to lead The MET Chamber Ensemble in two programs: one featuring Boulez’s sur Incises and, with members of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and Satie’s Socrate; and a concert combining Brahms’s Serenade No. 2 in A Major with music by Leon Kirchner, George Perle, and Lukas Foss—three acclaimed American composers who passed away in 2009.

    In addition to Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki performing during the JapanNYC festival (see above), Carnegie Hall’s 2010-2011 season features a wealth of early and Baroque music performed by some of the finest period instrument and period-informed chamber ensembles in the world. Highlights include The English Concert, led by harpsichordist Harry Bicket, performing with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, violinist Rachel Podger, and cellist Jonathan Manson; acclaimed French ensemble L’Arpeggiata, in its New York debut, led by its Artistic Director, Baroque harpist and lutenist Christina Pluhar, in a program with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky; Il Giardino Armonico, conducted by Giovanni Antonini; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; the Orlando Consort; and, for a second consecutive season, Les Violons du Roy, returning to Carnegie Hall with Music Director Bernard Labadie for a program with tenor Ian Bostridge.

    Vocal recital highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2010–2011 season include a concert of vocal quartets by Schumann and Brahms, performed by soprano Genia Kühmeier, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink, tenor Michael Schade, and bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, with pianists Malcolm Martineau and Justus Zeyen. Also this season, soprano Dorothea Röschmann and countertenor David Daniels give a joint recital; Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser makes her New York recital debut; and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter performs with jazz pianist/composer Brad Mehldau as part of his residency as holder of Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair.

    Additional vocal recitalists include sopranos Measha Brueggergosman, Renée Fleming, Jessica Rivera, and Kate Royal; mezzo-sopranos Joyce DiDonato and Christianne Stotijn; tenors Mark Padmore and Nicholas Phan; baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Edward Parks; and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.

    Highlights of instrumental recitals in 2010–2011 include pianist b in an all-Liszt recital on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Romantic-era composer. (Carnegie Hall also presents a Discovery Day dedicated to the composer during the season.) Mr. Kissin will also collaborate with violist Yuri Bashmet next season, presenting a rare recital together.

    Among other instrumental recital highlights next year: pianists David Fray and Aimi Kobayashi, trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, and violinist Alina Ibragimova all make their New York recital debuts; violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman performs in recital with pianist Yefim Bronfman; cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs a recital with pianist Kathryn Stott; and pianist Maurizio Pollini performs two solo recitals, the first featuring Book I of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, and, the second, Beethoven’s last three sonatas.

    Other pianists giving solo recitals next season are Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Jeremy Denk, Marc-André Hamelin, Murray Perahia, András Schiff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Mitsuko Uchida.

    Pop, Jazz, and World Music
    Among the pop music highlights for the 2010–2011 season are five programs by The New York Pops led by Music Director Steven Reineke in his second season with the ensemble. Concerts include a musical celebration in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday; a holiday program with Brian Stokes Mitchell; a Latin music extravaganza with guest artist Doc Severinsen; and a tribute concert dedicated to the great Judy Garland with special guest vocalists Heather Headley, Ashley Brown, and Karen Olivo. The New York Pops opens its season at Carnegie Hall with the Music of ABBA—featuring the hits “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” and “Take a Chance on Me,” among others.

    The all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain—dubbed by the Independent (London) as “the best musical entertainment in the country”—brings an exciting show to Zankel Hall, following a smash-hit performance at the 2009 BBC Proms. Also in Zankel Hall, experimental music duo The Books will offer its signature mix of electronica, folk, and acoustic music with samples of video, sounds, and speech. And the annual three-concert series, Standard Time with Michael Feinstein, returns with singer and Great American Songbook interpreter Michael Feinstein. As part of JapanNYC, Carnegie Hall will present A Tribute to Toru Takemitsu, the Japanese composer who drew inspiration from jazz, pop, and traditional Japanese music, with a program that includes improvisations on Takemitsu’s film music, curated by Takemitsu’s daughter, Maki, and featuring guitarists Kazumi Watanabe and Daisuke Suzuki, accordionist coba, and percussionist Tomohiro Yahiro.

    The WFUV Live at Zankel series, curated by WFUV Music Director Rita Houston and Carnegie Hall, returns for its sixth season with four concerts celebrating distinctive singer-songwriters and the eclectic nature of modern folk music. The upcoming season’s performances will be given by the folk-rock duo, Indigo Girls; singer/songwriter Martin Sexton; British guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson; and singer Edie Brickell with her new band The Gaddabouts.

    Carnegie Hall will present the eighth season of the Shape of Jazz series in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment. The series features four jazz concerts in Zankel Hall including celebrated pianist, composer, arranger, and NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi performing in solo, trio, and quartet formats as part of JapanNYC; Grammy Award–nominated saxophonist Chris Potter with his quartet, Underground; renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter and her Reverse Thread ensemble; and dynamic husband and wife jazz piano powerhouses Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. Also, as part of George Wein’s CareFusion Jazz Festival New York 2010, presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, June 2010 concerts in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage include performances by the Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette trio;and Herbie Hancock, in a program entitled Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration with guest Wayne Shorter.

    Carnegie Hall continues in its commitment to present the greatest artists from around the world. In addition to programs that are part of the citywide festival JapanNYC, world music highlights include performances by dynamic Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo with special guests Youssou N'Dour, Dianne Reeves, and Omara Portuondo, among others to be announced; renowned South African trumpeter/flugelhornist, singer, and leader in the world/fusion genre Hugh Masekela, who returns to Carnegie Hall for the first time since 2003; Brazilian singer Gal Costa; Academy Award–winning singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler of Uruguay; and a program entitled Vira Loucos, presented by celebrated Brazilian percussionist and singer Cyro Baptista in honor of composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Other world music programs will be offered by Ghazal, featuring sitar player Shujaat Husain Khan, kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, and tabla player Sandeep Das; vocalist Nassima who specializes in the Arab Andalusian music of Algeria; and Septeto Nacional, pioneers of Cuban son.

    Carnegie Hall Partnerships
    The following organizations are artistic partners during the 2010–2011 season: Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement, Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC, Asia Society, Asian Contemporary Art Consortium, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, Columbia University, Danspace Project, Film Forum, Japan Society, The Juilliard School, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Lehman Stages at Lehman College, Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, New Audiences, New York City Department of Education, New York Public Library, The Noguchi Museum, The Paley Center for Media, Paul Szilard Productions, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Spring for Music, WFUV, World Music Institute, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

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

    For complete 2010-2011 season information, please visit carnegiehall.org.  




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