• Thursday, Mar 15, 2012

    Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Presents Two Family Concerts Featuring The New York Pops in a Salute to Jim Henson's Musical World on Saturday, April 14

    Carnegie Hall’s Notables to Host Post-Concert Benefit Event for Families
    John E. Barrett, Photographer, Courtesy The Jim Henson Legacy
    Program Information
    Saturday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    John Tartaglia, Host
    Essential Voices USA––Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
    Craig Shemin, Writer
    Daniel Seth, Associate Director


    Tickets: $9, $15, $20

    Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are made possible, in part, by generous endowment gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.

    MUPPET, MUPPETS, and the Muppet Characters are registered trademarks of Disney. All Rights Reserved. © 2012 Disney. Jim Henson’s mark and logo are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. © 2012 The Jim Henson Company. All Rights Reserved.
    On Saturday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Stern Auditiorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents Jim Henson’s Musical World, two Carnegie Hall Family Concerts featuring The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke. Written by Craig Shemin and hosted by renowned puppeteer John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Sesame Street), these two performances celebrate the whimsical music and magical world of puppetry created by Jim Henson more than 50 years ago. The two Saturday afternoon concerts will feature performances by the dynamic Essential Voices USA led by director Judith Clurman, with additional special guests to include: Alison Bartlett, Loretta Long, Sonia Manzano, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Nitya Vidyasagar, Tony-Award nominee Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Saturday Night Live alumna Rachel Dratch, puppeteers Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Karen Prell, David Rudman, Matt Vogel, and singer/songwriter Paul Williams. Pre-concert activities will take place one hour before each performance and are free to all ticket holders. Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are recommended for ages 5–10.

    Post-Concert Notables Family Party
    Following the 3:30 p.m. performance, the Notables, Carnegie Hall’s young patrons will host the Third Annual Notables Family Party. Guests will attend a family party in Carnegie Hall's Rohatyn Room featuring dinner, crafts, cookie-decorating, face-painting, balloons, and other Muppet®-themed activities for children. In addition, guests will enjoy prime seating at the concert. All proceeds raised from the Third Annual Notables Family Party will directly support the music education and community programs of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Brooke Shields serves as the event’s Honorary Chair alongside co-chairs: Caroline Rocco Dennis, Christin Barringer Rueger, Sarina Sassoon Sanandaji, Lyss Stern, Amy Tarr, and Mary Wible Vertin. Ticket prices include family packages at $400 (4 tickets), adult prices are $125, children over 3 are $100, and children 2 and under are $25. For tickets please contact the Notables office at 212-903-9734 or notables@carnegiehall.org.

    About the Artists
    The Jim Henson Legacy was established in 1992 by Jane Henson, her family, and friends in response to the extraordinary interest in the life and work of Jim Henson. It is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Jim Henson’s contributions to the worlds of puppetry, television, motion pictures, music, special effects and media technology. One of the world’s most inspired and innovative artists in the world of entertainment, Jim Henson brought a unique combination of childlike wonder and adult sophistication to his groundbreaking work for children and adults alike. He began his career in Washington DC local television. Sam and Friends, his nightly five-minute show on NBC’s WRC, won Jim an Emmy Award in 1958 and introduced Kermit to the world. During the 1960s, Jim and The Muppets made many appearances on variety shows and were regulars on The Today Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Jimmy Dean Show. While The Muppets grew in popularity, Jim developed another career as a filmmaker. His experimental short film, Time Piece, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1965. Jim’s remarkable association with Public Television’s award-winning children’s show, Sesame Street, began in 1969. The humor and whimsy of his characters continue to entertain each new generation. The introduction of The Muppet Show in 1976 was a phenomenal success, reaching 235 million viewers in more than 100 countries and winning three Emmys in its five-year run. The popularity of the show led to the feature films The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppets take Manhattan, as well as the animated television series, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies. Throughout the 1980s, Jim explored new directions in both television and film. The series Fraggle Rock was developed specifically with an international audience in mind. He developed new characters and technologies for the award-winning The Storyteller, The Jim Henson Hour, Dinosaurs, and for his groundbreaking fantasy films, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Jim’s final completed project, Jim Henson’s Muppet®Vision 3D, continues to delight thousands daily at the Disney theme parks in Florida and California. His untimely passing in May 1990 was met with a worldwide outpouring of love and renewed appreciation of his imagination and artistry. By making Jim’s work available to the public through presentations and exhibits, The Jim Henson Legacy shares the power of his art, his imagination and his positive view of life with generations to come.

    John Tartaglia's dream of someday working for The Jim Henson Company came true when, at age sixteen, John was hired as one of the youngest "Muppeteers" in history. John puppeteered on Sesame Street for 12 seasons and then made his Broadway debut as Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q, earning him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. John then had the great honor of creating and starring in Disney's Johnny and the Sprites for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Program (and which was nominated for several other categories including Outstanding Children's Series). John also performed as Pinocchio, the live real-time motion capture Magic Mirror, and the larger than life Dragon puppet in Shrek the Musical on Broadway, having previously performed on Broadway as Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Other notable television appearances include Ugly Betty, Tingo on Sesame English - an ESL series airing worldwide, Bear in the Big Blue House, Discovery Channel's Animal Jam, Play With Me Sesame, and several Sesame Street and Muppet home videos and commercials. John will also make his feature film debut with the upcoming release of Hotel Arthritis. John's newest project, a glow in the dark musical for families called ImaginOcean, is currently being developed for television and is playing an international tour and on several Royal Caribbean cruise ships, following a successful run Off Broadway. Next, he'll be directing the Broadway bound production of the acclaimed children's novel Because of Winn-Dixie.

    Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) promotes the love of music and the art of ensemble singing. The ensemble is known for musical excellence, innovative programming, and its emphasis on education, as well as for its director, the acclaimed conductor Judith Clurman. The group is currently in residence with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and produces its own classical concerts, workshops, and recordings. It boasts a flexible roster of professional singers, auditioned volunteers, and high school students who perform a wide range of musical genres and styles. During their 2010–2011 season, EVUSA participated in the Bernstein celebration at Symphony Space, sang world premieres in the Shulamit Ran Composer Speaks at Hebrew Union College, and performed as part of The New York Pops’ 80th Birthday concert honoring Stephen Sondheim at Carnegie Hall. In addition, the group recorded Mr. President, a choral cycle featured on National Public Radio with music ranging from works by Milton Babbitt to those by musical theater composer Jason Robert Brown. The 2011–2012 season featured two other appearances with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey’s Wish You A Swingin’ Christmas and Hollywood Award Winners; a pair of workshops entitled The Composer Speaks with vocal and choral works by Bruce Ruben, Larry Hochman, and Paul Schoenfield at Hebrew Union College ; and a birthday tribute to Walt Whitman entitled To the East and the West, with music by Joshua Schmidt . EVUSA was featured on NBC for the 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.

    Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto symphony orchestras through the end of the 2011-2012 season and was Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and, in the past year, he’s been on the podium with the Boston Pops and The Cleveland Orchestra. He makes his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut on July 4, 2012 at the Ravinia Festival. His extensive North American conducting appearances include performances in Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Tampa (The Florida Orchestra), Calgary, Memphis and Oklahoma City. Mr. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer, with frequent performances of his works across North America, including by the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics.

    The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs a popular annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The New York Pops’ extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
    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 and online initiatives annually serve more than 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area, across the US, and around the world.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets are $9, $15, $20 and 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, www.carnegiehall.org.

    Family Benefit tickets for the 3:30 p.m. concert, priced at $25, $100, $125, and $400 include prime concert seating and a family party in the Rohatyn Room featuring dinner, crafts, cookie-decorating, and other Muppet®-themed activities for children. All gala benefit tickets are available by contacting the Notables office at 212-903-9734 or notables@carnegiehall.org.
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