Carnegie Hall Presents


The indelible signature styles of great artists make this eclectic series a marvelous adventure. The series marks the return to Zankel Hall by Abdullah Ibrahim, the greatest exponent of Cape jazz. There’s the remarkable Kronos Quartet in a program that includes the New York premieres of works by Derek Clarke and Aleksandra Vrebalov. L’Arpeggiata puts its unique interpretive signature on music of Purcell. There’s also the 50th-anniversary concert by the Meredith Monk ensemble in honor of Monk’s groundbreaking career.
October 17, 2014
Abdullah Ibrahim
March 7, 2015
Kronos Quartet
April 7, 2015
May 2, 2015
Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

Abdullah Ibrahim

Zankel Hall
Friday, October 17, 2014 | 8:30 PM


Abdullah Ibrahim, Piano
A revered pianist and composer, Abdullah Ibrahim has been hailed as the greatest exponent of Cape jazz. During his long and glorious career, he has toured the world extensively, performing as soloist with symphony orchestras and with legendary jazz artists such as Max Roach and Randy Weston. He returns to Zankel Hall for a solo concert that coincides with his 80th birthday.


"The Perfumed Garden"

Abdullah Ibrahim, Piano

Kronos Quartet

Zankel Hall
Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 9 PM


Kronos Quartet
·· David Harrington, Violin
·· John Sherba, Violin
·· Hank Dutt, Viola
·· Sunny Yang, Cello
with special guests
Face the Music
Members of the Byzantine Chorus of Kovilj Monastery (Serbia)


MERLIJN TWAALFHOVEN On Parole (World Premiere)
DEREK CHARKE Dear Creator, help us return to the centre of our hearts (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV / BILL MORRISON Beyond Zero: 1914–1918 (for quartet with film) (NY Premiere)
One of the most celebrated ensembles of our day, the Kronos Quartet continues to expand the range and context of the string quartet. This concert includes a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall and Beyond Zero: 1914–1918, an extraordinary multimedia production that features music by Aleksandra Vrebalov and a film by Bill Morrison. A native of the former Yugoslavia, Vrebalov’s work recounts her firsthand experiences in the war-torn Balkans of the 1990s, set against Morrison’s film that includes seldom-seen World War I footage from the Library of Congress.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall and My Time, My Music.


Reich Triple Quartet (Third Movement)

Kronos Quartet and Friends


L'Amore Innamorato: Arias by Francesco Cavalli

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director and Theorbo
Nuria Rial, Soprano


CAVALLI Sinfonia from Giasone
CAVALLI "Piante ombrose" from Calisto
CAVALLI "Verginella, io morir vo" from Calisto
CAVALLI "Ninfa bella" from Calisto
CAVALLI "Piangete" from Egisto
CAVALLI Canzon from Musiche Sacre
CAVALLI "Non è maggior piacere" from Calisto
CAZZATI Ciaccona
CAVALLI "Restino imbalsamente" from Calisto
CAVALLI "Vieni, vieni in questo seno" from Rosinda
L. ALLEGRI Canario
CAVALLI "Che città" from Ormindo
CAVALLI Sinfonia from Eliogabalo
CAVALLI "Dammi morte" from Artemisia
CAVALLI "L'alma fiacca svani" from Didone
CAVALLI "Alle ruine del mio regno" from Didone

LE BAILLY Yo soy la locura
TRAD. Tarantella Napoletana
A golden age of Italian music shines in this concert of opera arias by 17th-century Venetian master Cavalli along with dances by two of his contemporaries. Cavalli was a prominent figure in Venetian opera, and his arias are melodically inspired with flashes of dramatic virtuoso fire. “Gloriously sweet-toned” (The Guardian), soprano Nuria Rial joins the daring early-music ensemble L’Arpeggiata in its eagerly awaited return to Carnegie Hall.

Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble

50th Anniversary Concert

Zankel Hall
Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 7:30 PM


Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble


MEREDITH MONK Selections from Juice
MEREDITH MONK Selections from Songs from the Hill
MEREDITH MONK Selections from Light Songs
MEREDITH MONK Selections from Volcano Songs: Duets
MEREDITH MONK "Panda Chant I" from The Games
MEREDITH MONK "Hocket" from Facing North
MEREDITH MONK Selections from mercy
MEREDITH MONK Selections from impermanence
MEREDITH MONK Selections from On Behalf of Nature

For the culminating event of her residency, Meredith Monk is joined by the extraordinary vocalists and instrumentalists who make up her ensemble. Selections from several of her most recent works—On Behalf of Nature, impermanence, and mercy—will be performed alongside classic works from earlier decades, offering an expansive view of Monk’s 50 years of making music.

Part of My Time, My Music.