Carnegie Hall Presents

The Originals

Daring, inventive, and always captivating—these are the qualities that define an original. This series features the soulful South African voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Grammy Award–winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo celebrating the life and music of iconic South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba; and the radiant Audra McDonald, winner of five Tony and two Grammy awards.
October 18, 2014
Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends
November 5, 2014
Angélique Kidjo and Friends
April 29, 2015
Audra McDonald

Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends

Voices of South Africa

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 8 PM


Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Bakithi Kumalo Band
Shabalala Rhythm
Maqhinga Radebe
and Dave Matthews
The voice is the soul of South African music. Few groups have shown this as passionately and joyfully as Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This multiple Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble has toured and recorded with artists around the world. For this concert, they are joined by South African ensembles Thokoza, the Bakithi Kumalo Band, and Shabalala Rhythm, as well as guitarist Maqhinga Radebe.


Baba wethu singenile (O Father, we are here)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2013 Network World

Angélique Kidjo and Friends

Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 8 PM


Angélique Kidjo
with Special Guests:
Ezra Koenig
Vusi Mahlasela
Laura Mvula
and Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho

Introductory remarks by Whoopi Goldberg
Grammy Award–winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo celebrates the life and music of iconic South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, known popularly as “Mama Africa.” Kidjo shared a close relationship with Makeba, studying with her and eventually performing with her in Paris and South Africa. Kidjo returns to Carnegie Hall special guests Ezra Koenig, Vusi Mahlasela, and Laura Mvula; Makeba’s supporting singers Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho; and introductory remarks by Whoopi Goldberg in this tribute to a remarkable woman.



Angelique Kidjo, Vocalist
Razor & Tie

Audra McDonald

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 8 PM


Audra McDonald, Vocalist
Andy Einhorn, Music Director and Piano
Mark Vanderpoel, Bass
Gene Lewin, Drums


JOHN KANDER / EBB "Sing Happy" from Flora the Red Menace (arr. Einhorn)
RODGERS / HAMMERSTEIN "Mister Snow" from Carousel
JOHN KANDER / EBB "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer" from The Rink (arr. Einhorn)
KAHN / DONALDSON "My Buddy" (arr. Einhorn)
PORTER "Lets Not Talk About Love" from Let's Face It (arr. Einhorn, additional lyrics by Larry Dachslager)
MALLOY "No One Else" from Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812
SCHWARTZ "Proud Lady" from The Baker's Wife (arr. Einhorn)
WEILL / ANDERSON "It Never Was You" from Knickerbocker Holiday (arr. David Lee)
BOCK/HARNICK "Vanilla Ice Cream" from She Loves Me
SHAINA TAUB "The Tale of Bear and Otter"
KANDER JOHN KANDER / FRED EBB "Maybe This Time" from Cabaret (arr. Einhorn)
LUCY SIMON / MARSHA NORMAN "How Could I Ever Know" from The Secret Garden
KATE MILLER-HEIDKE "Facebook Song" (arr. Einhorn)
KANDER / EBB "Go Back Home," from The Scottsboro Boys
HOLMES "The Writing on the Wall" from The Mystery of Edwin Drood
STYNE / COMDEN / GREEN "Make Someone Happy" from Do Re Mi
RODGERS / HAMMERSTEIN "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER / TIM RICE "Rainbow High" from Evita
ARLEN / HARBURG "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz (arr. Einhorn)
This concert was originally scheduled for December 12, 2014. All tickets for the original date will be honored. Ticket holders with any questions should contact CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Audra McDonald
Musical America’s 2014 Musician of the Year, winner of a record-setting six Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards, and an artist The New York Times called “… a one-of-a-kind musical super-talent”—lights up the Carnegie Hall stage.


"First You Dream" by Kander and Ebb

Audra McDonald, Vocalist