• Neighborhood Concerts

    With West Side Story as its anchor, The Somewhere Project extended throughout New York City. For the past seven years, Carnegie Hall has partnered with city and state agencies to offer songwriting workshops designed to have a powerful impact on participants’ daily lives. This season, public school students and community members—including court-involved youth, young mothers in foster care, and adults in the correctional system—were given the opportunity to express themselves through their own original music inspired by West Side Story. Much of this music was performed in free Neighborhood Concerts in each borough of New York City in the weeks leading up to Carnegie Hall’s West Side Story production.

    Learn more about Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts.


    The Somewhere Project is made possible, in part, by generous support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Martha and Bob Lipp, and Randy and Jay Fishman.

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    Public support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley.

  • “Before incarceration, we think of home as a single place. Home is only inside your home and everywhere else is not.
    In here, when we talk about ‘When are you going home?’ we don’t mean a specific place. We mean, ‘anywhere but here.’”

    —Kenyatta Hughes, inmate at Sing Sing Correctional Facility

    Sing Sing inmate Kenyatta Hughes performed alongside mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in his original song titled “A Place for Us” on December 18. DiDonato visited participants in Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program as part of The Somewhere Project, assisting them with their compositions and performing in a concert for the rest of the facility.

      Somewhere Project: Belmont Concert (Jennifer Taylor)

    A young man performed his verse on the song “Who Knows” in the culminating concert by Belmont Academy students. (Photo: Jennifer Taylor)

    • 5 free Neighborhood Concerts, one in each of the five boroughs, featuring original music by students and community members
    • 43 original songs inspired by the themes of West Side Story
      • Click here to listen to a playlist of some of these songs.
    • 8 Carnegie Hall songwriting projects in schools, community centers, correctional facilities, and the juvenile justice system
      • Belmont Academy
      • Bronx Hope Academy
      • Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music
      • DeWitt Clinton High School
      • The New York Foundling
      • Make the Road New York and Bushwick Campus
      • Community School
      • Sing Sing Correctional Facility
      • Carnegie Hall Youth Programs
    • 12 government agency partners
      • New York City Administration for Children’s Services
      • New York City Department of Education
      • New York City Department of Homeless Services
      • New York City Department of Probation
      • New York City Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs
      • New York State Department of Corrections
      • New York State Office for New Americans
      • Center for Community Alternatives
      • Good Shepherd Services
      • Leake & Watts
      • SCO Family of Services
      • Sheltering Arms