Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season has been an exciting milestone. It has been a time to reflect on the Hall’s incredible legacy of performances, while celebrating who we are today. Perhaps most important, it has been a wonderful chance to look ahead, encouraging us to imagine how the Hall can continue to inspire and serve future generations through great music.
With this in mind, Carnegie Hall launched The Somewhere Project in early 2016, a sprawling citywide exploration of West Side Story, mounted in honor of the Hall’s 125th anniversary. Nearly 10,000 people from across all five boroughs engaged with this masterwork’s timeless music and themes. From March 4–6, 2016, three extraordinary culminating performances of West Side Story were presented at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens. In the weeks leading up to the production, students and community members across New York City wrote original songs inspired by West Side Story in the Hall’s songwriting projects. A group of community-based arts organizations also joined Carnegie Hall in this journey, exploring the themes of the project in their own programming. In all of these settings, young people, artists, and community members have affirmed how the themes found in this quintessential New York story written 60 years ago—love, conflict, learning to live alongside those who are different in this diverse and complex city—still resonate among us in such a contemporary way.
Click here to view a Photo Book celebrating the impact of The Somewhere Project in all five boroughs.
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.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.
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