THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRAFriday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall, performing Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, and Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83, featuring Hélène Grimaud.
BOMBINOFriday, December 6 at 10:00 p.m.(Zankel Hall) Born into an era of armed struggle along the Niger and Mali border, guitarist and singer-songwriter Bombino is on a mission to bring peace and international brotherhood to the world through song. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of rebellion, while echoing with Jimi Hendrix–like riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré.
MIGUEL ZENÓNSaturday, December 7 at 9:30 p.m.(Zankel Hall) Blending Latin American folkloric music and jazz to create an entirely new musical language, the groundbreaking Puerto Rican-born saxophonist, MacArthur Fellow, and Grammy Award nominee Miguel Zenón comes to Carnegie Hall with a unique multimedia tribute to his spirited homeland entitled Identities are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora.
DISCOVERY DAY: BENJAMIN BRITTENSaturday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m.(Weill Recital Hall) Continuing Carnegie Hall’s season-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, a Discovery Day of talks and performance devoted to the composer features a keynote address from Paul Kildea, author of Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century, and a talk from John Bridcut, author of Britten’s Children. Pianist Malcolm Martineau has also organized a song recital for the event, featuring Britten works performed by sopranos Joélle Harvey and Emalie Savoy, tenor Paul Appleby, and baritone John Brancy.
ENSEMBLE ACJW Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.(Zankel Hall) Ensemble ACJW is led by guest conductor David Robertson in a concert featuring Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs with soprano Dawn Upshaw. Steve Reich’s City Life and Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta complete the program.
ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER / LAMBERT ORKISSaturday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.(Zankel Hall) Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their artistic partnership and Carnegie Hall recital debut, the esteemed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter collaborates with pianist Lambert Orkis in a recital featuring the world premieres of new works by Krzysztof Penderecki and André Previn, plus Lutoslawski’s Partita, Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major, D. 934, and Saint-Saëns’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75.
THE NEW YORK POPSThursday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m.Friday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m.(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke perform two holiday concerts joined by Ashley Brown (pictured at right), star of the original Broadway production of Mary Poppins, and Essential Voices USA for a program entitled Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown, which will include traditional and new holidays hits.
CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT: THE NEW YORK POPSSaturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Music Director Steven Reineke conducts The New York Pops, together with the New York Theatre Ballet and Essential Voices USA in a Carnegie Hall Holiday Family Concert version of the iconic television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
THE MET ORCHESTRASunday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m.(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Music Director James Levine (pictured at right) leads The MET Orchestra in an all-Mahler program, featuring Symphony No. 7 in E Minor, plus Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with baritone Peter Mattei.
NEW YORK STRING ORCHESTRATuesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.Saturday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m.(Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage) Conductor Jaime Laredo (pictured at right) celebrates 20 years as artistic director and conductor of the New York String Orchestra in its two annual Carnegie Hall concerts. The orchestra is composed of young musicians, ages 15 to 22, participating in the annual New York String Orchestra seminar, now in its 45th year. On Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., they are joined by guest violinist Bella Hristova for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64, on a program that also features Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297, "Paris." On Saturday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra is joined by pianist Leon Fleisher for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 53, and the Johannes String Quartet for Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, "Pathétique."
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