• Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

    December 2012 Calendar Updates

    (Carnegie Hall and various New York venues)

    Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America, a citywide festival developed under the guidance of four internationally-acclaimed artistic advisors—Osvaldo Golijov, Gilberto Gil, Chucho Valdés, and Gustavo Dudamel—concludes this month with a wide variety of programs offered through December 11. The festival, which launches on November 8, invites audiences to explore the incredibly diverse arts and cultures of Latin America with more than 70 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and partner venues throughout New York City.

    Select December Voices from Latin America events include:

    • Cuba’s musical ambassador to the world, pianist Chucho Valdés (pictured at right), brings his quintet comprised of percussionist Yaroldy Abreu Robles, bata drummer and vocalist Dreiser Durruthy Bombalé, drummer Rodney Yllarza Barreto, and bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada to Zankel Hall for an evening of Afro-Cuban jazz on Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m.
    • On Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, four jazz piano legends, Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba (pictured at right), and Chucho Valdés (pictured at right) join forces for the first time in a program celebrating Afro-Cuban jazz, performing solos, duos, and a conclusion with all four together on stage.
    • Two contrasting acts from Brazil, Orquestra Imperial, a retro-chic homage to big bands from the 1950s that plays sambas and other dance classics, and poet and singer-songwriter Arnaldo Antunes who performs an acoustic set with guitar accompaniment, are featured on Wednesday, December 5 at 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall.
    • Thomas Clamor conducts the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble, composed of members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in an energetic, fun program featuring Bernstein’s selections from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Castro’s Grand Fanfare, Llegada de un Noble Maestro, and Walking Faster; Calderella and Scarpino’s Canaro en Paris (arr. by José Carli); De Abreu’s Tico Tico; Carrasco’s Amalia Rosa; and Mendoza’s Guerra de Secciones on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.
    • A Carnegie Hall Discovery Day on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall focuses on Venezuela’s spectacularly successful El Sistema educational programming and its influence on educational thinking in the United States. The day begins with a keynote lecture by Dr. Leon Botstein, followed by a screening of the documentary Dudamel: Let the Children Play, and a panel discussion with Dr. José Antonio Abreu and Gustavo Dudamel (pictured at right) moderated by Jeremy Geffen.
    • In a program entitled Música nueva, jazz pianists Danilo Pérez (pictured at right) and Gonzalo Rubalcaba play the US premieres of their new works with members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, on a program that also includes US premieres by composers Enrico Chapela and Esteban Benzecry on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall.
    • The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela concludes Voices from Latin America with three concerts in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, beginning with a Carnegie Hall Family Concert on Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage (conductor to be announced). On Monday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m., Music Director Gustavo Dudamel (pictured at right) leads the orchestra in a trio of 20th-century Latin American works, including Silvestre Revueltas’s wild La noche de los Mayas, Carlos Chávez’s Sinfonía india, and Julián Orbón’s Tres versiones sinfónicas. On Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m., Maestro Dudamel conducts the SBSOV in performances of “Chaac (Maya Water God)” from Esteban Benzecry’s 2008 work Rituales Amerindios, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Chôros No. 10, a monumental piece of Brazilian musical nationalism, and Antonio Estévez’s Cantata criolla, a portrait of the Venezuelan spirit. For this program, SBSOV are joined by tenor Aquiles Machado, baritone Gaspar Colón, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the direction of Joe Miller.
    Please visit carnegiehall.org/latinamerica for a complete schedule of festival events at Carnegie Hall and partner organizations around New York City.


    Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)

    Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi (pictured at right) leads The MET Orchestra in a concert featuring Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto In tempus praesens with Met Concertmaster David Chan, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor,” featuring guest soloist Yefim Bronfman, (pictured at far right) and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1945 version).

    Sunday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    (Zankel Hall)

    Conductor Harry Bicket, a specialist in baroque and classical repertoire, leads Ensemble ACJW , (pictured at right) the performance arm of The Academy, in a program to include Bach’s Cantata No. 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! with soprano Lucy Crowe, as well as Bach’s Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Continuo in C Minor featuring ensemble members oboist Stuart Breczinski and violinist Michelle Ross, plus Rebel’s Les élémens ("The Elements") and Gluck’s Suite from Armide.

    Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)

    Esteemed pianist Piotr Anderszewski performs an all-Bach program including English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, French Suite No. 5 in G Major, Italian Concerto, and English Suite No. 6 in D Minor.

    Friday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

    Steven Reineke leads The New York Pops and Pink Martini (pictured at right) in Joy to the World, a multi-denominational holiday concert featuring songs from the band’s best-selling album of the same name.

    Monday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    Friday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    (Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage)

    The New York String Orchestra, featuring young musicians participating in the annual New York String Orchestra Seminar, returns to Carnegie Hall for two evenings of performances conducted by Jamie Laredo (pictured at right). On Monday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., the orchestra performs Mozart’s Overture to La clemenza di Tito, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major featuring pianist Jonathan Biss, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London.” On Friday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m., cellist Cicely Parnas joins the orchestra for Saint-Saën’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, clarinetist Anthony McGill is featured in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, and the orchestra performs Dvorák’s Four Slavonic Dances and Mendelssohn’s Overture to The Hebrides.

    For complete concert information, please click here.

    Lead funding for Voices from Latin America is provided by grants from the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Sponsored, in part, by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mercantil Servicios Financieros.

    Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

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

    Breguet is the Exclusive Timepiece of Carnegie Hall.

    United is the Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

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