Carnegie Hall Presents

Off the Beaten Track

The spirit of invention drives the artists appearing in this series. Taking risks and pushing the creative envelope, these are artists who always command our attention. Young Stars: Traditional Cape Malay Singers and the David Kramer Band perform fascinating folk music from the Cape region of South Africa, and the American Composers Orchestra perform The Seven Deadly Sins—Weill’s “ballet in song”—with soprano Shara Worden. The ever-mesmerizing Meredith Monk and her musical friends perform selections from her opera ATLAS and new arrangements of existing works, while L’Arpeggiata performs arias and dances from 17th-century Italy.
October 25, 2014
David Kramer Band
Young Cape Malay Stars
February 27, 2015
American Composers Orchestra
March 22, 2015
Meredith Monk and Friends
April 8, 2015

David Kramer Band
Young Cape Malay Stars

Zankel Hall
Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 9 PM


David Kramer Band
Young Cape Malay Stars
Moeniel Jacobs, Music Director
The fascinating folk music from the Cape region of South Africa is explored by two groups in this concert. Composer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and tireless champion of Cape musical traditions, David Kramer performs with a lineup of top musicians from Cape Town. New York audiences also have a rare opportunity to hear a Cape Malay choir—the Young Cape Malay Stars, a 15-voice male choir led by Moeniel Jacobs. They perform music from Cape Town that combines Dutch folk songs and Afrikaans comic songs with colorful inflections and ornaments from vocal traditions as far afield as Malaysia, Arabia, and East Africa.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.



David Kramer Band

American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: Sins and Songs

Zankel Hall
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 7:30 PM


American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Shara Worden / My Brightest Diamond, Vocals
Khari Joyner, Cello
Hudson Shad
·· Mark Bleeke, Tenor
·· Timothy Leigh Evans, Tenor
·· Eric Edlund, Baritone
·· Peter Becker, Bass


SCHNYDER draKOOL (US Premiere)
·· "We Added it Up" (orch. Molly Joyce, Steven Hackman, and Shara Worden)
·· "Looking at the Sun" (orch. Shara Worden and Molly Joyce)
·· "Whoever You Are" (orch. Shara Worden and Molly Joyce)
SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER Selections from Unremembered (orch. by Sarah Kirkland Snider; World Premiere)
·· "The Swan"
·· "The Witch"
CARMAN MOORE MADIBA for Solo Cello and Orchestra (World Premiere)
WEILL The Seven Deadly Sins
Cited for “consistently champion[ing] contemporary music with consistent excellence” (The New York Times), the American Composers Orchestra showcases world premieres by daring young composers and a classic by Weill, who called his Seven Deadly Sins—his last collaboration with playwright Bertolt Brecht—a “ballet in song,” filled with memorable songs cast in the popular styles of the day.

Part of My Time, My Music.

Meredith Monk and Friends

Zankel Hall
Sunday, March 22, 2015 | 3 PM


Bang on a Can All-Stars
·· Ashley Bathgate, Cello
·· Robert Black, Bass
·· Vicky Chow, Piano
·· Ian Antonio, Percussion
·· Taylor Levine, Guitar
·· Ken Thomson, Clarinets
Don Byron and Guests
Rigdzin Pema Collins, Violin
Patricia Franceschy, Vibraphone
Future Quest
·· Theo Bleckmann, Vocals
·· John Hollenbeck, Percussion
·· Ellery Eskelin, Saxophone
·· Tony Malaby, Saxophone
·· Erik Deutsch, Keyboard
Ha-Yang Kim
Lukas Ligeti
The M6
Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire
Courtney Orlando
Cynthia Powell
Lee Ranaldo
Todd Reynolds
Nadia Sirota
DJ Spooky
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Núñez, Artistic Director
John Zorn and Cyro Baptista
John Schaefer, Host


Cellular Songs (work in progress)
"Future Quest" from ATLAS: an opera in three parts (arr. Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck)
"Wheel" from The Games (arr. Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck)
"Dawn" from Book of Days (remix DJ Spooky)
"Fields/Clouds" from Book of Days (remix DJ Spooky)
"Click Song #1" from Light Songs (arr. Don Byron)
"passage / What does it mean?" (arr. Missy Mazzoli; World Premiere)
"Gotham Lullaby" (arr. Todd Reynolds)
"Memory Song" from The Games (arr. Julia Wolfe)
"totentanz" from impermanence (arr. David Lang; World Premiere)
"Double Fiesta" (arr. David Lang)
"Things Heaven and Hell" from Three Heavens and Hells (arr. Allison Sniffin)
"Shadow Song" from The Games (reimagined Lukas Ligeti; World Premiere)
"Astronaut Anthem" from The Games (arr. Lee Ranaldo; World Premiere)
Selections from ATLAS: an opera in three parts
Selections from Songs of Ascension
"Panda Chant II"
Meredith Monk invites a group of colleagues from the new music, classical, jazz, and DJ worlds to demonstrate her wide-reaching influence and to celebrate her 50th anniversary of creating work in New York. Featuring an all-Monk program with Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble at the helm, the concert includes music from her opera ATLAS, selections from the acclaimed Songs of Ascension, and new arrangements and interpretations of existing works.

Part of My Time, My Music.


Music for a While: Improvisations on Henry Purcell

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director
Nuria Rial, Soprano
Vincenzo Capezzuto, Alto
Gianluigi Trovesi, Clarinet


CAZZATI Ciaccona
PURCELL "Music for a while"
PURCELL "'Twas within a furlong of Edinborough Town" from The Mock Marriage
Improvisation: La Dia Spagnola
PURCELL "A prince of glorious race descended"
PURCELL "One charming night" from The Fairy Queen
PURCELL "Ah! Belinda" from Dido and Aeneas
PURCELL "An Evening Hymn"
PURCELL "Strike the viol" from Come, ye sons of art away
PURCELL Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas
PURCELL "Wondrous machine!" (Ode to St. Cecilia)
PURCELL "Two in one upon a ground" from Dioclesian
PURCELL "Here the deities approve" from Welcome to all pleasures
Improvisation: Canario
PURCELL "Man is for the woman made"
PURCELL "Curtain tune on a Ground"
PURCELL "Oh, let me weep" (The Plaint) from The Fairy Queen
PURCELL "Hark! How the songsters of the grove" from Timon of Athens

TRAD. Pizzica
LEONARD COHEN "Hallelujah"
Purcell’s works for the church, theater, and court displays his unsurpassed mastery in setting English words to music. Some of his finest songs, selections from his ceremonial odes, arias from his great stage works, and a beautiful sacred anthem will be showcased in this program that marks the return of L’Arpeggiata to Zankel Hall. Opera News wrote, “The concerts presented by L’Arpeggiata—the hip, international early-music ensemble—are fun happenings full of music flair, dramatic surprises, and improvisatory verve.”


Cazzati's Ciaccona