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In this video, conductor Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an exciting excerpted performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 (Allegro).


 


The performance footage was taken on April 16, 2015 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.
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Happy 124th Birthday, Carnegie Hall!
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Listen to conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner leading the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir in a performance of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine. Stream the full concert below and follow along with a transcript of the live web chat.

This concert was part of our month-long Before Bach artistic focus. The Carnegie Hall Live series is produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the WFMT Radio Network.


English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir

Thursday, April 30 at 8 PM (EDT)

Program

MONTEVERDI Vespro della Beata Vergine

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In Link Up, Carnegie Hall’s creative music education program for students in grades 3–5, children learn music fundamentals in their classrooms before attending a highly interactive concert, in which they sing and play recorder along with their local orchestra. The program celebrates its 30th year in 2015 with concerts across the United States and abroad, including six performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall this month.

During the 2014–2015 season, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute shared free Link Up curricula and program materials with more than 70 orchestras, reaching approximately 300,000 students and teachers around the world. News reports from across the nation have hailed the Link Up program this spring. Follow the links below for video and audio recordings, photos, and stories from partner orchestras.


Eugene Symphony (Oregon)

In Oregon, the Albany Democrat-Herald reports from the Eugene Symphony, where student representatives from schools in the Willamette Valley were invited on stage for a Link Up: The Orchestra Rocks concert focusing on rhythm, pulse, and groove. Local high school students joined members of the University of Oregon drumline to help the orchestra close out the show with the interactive piece “Drumlines.”

  Link Up - Eugene Symphony (Amanda L. Smith Photography)
Photography: Amanda L. Smith

 
Link Up - Omaha Symphony  
Omaha Symphony (Nebraska)

As reported in the Omaha World-Herald, the Omaha Symphony added a composition contest to their Link Up program, encouraging students to submit an original melody to be arranged and performed as part of the final concert. On March 4 and 5, fourth grader Zahid Falcon got the chance to hear his piece performed by the orchestra as well as nearly 4,600 of his peers from 77 schools in eastern Nebraska.


 
Flagstaff Symphony (Arizona)

As heard on Arizona Public Radio, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra performed Brazilian composer André Filho’s “Cidade Maravilhosa” this March, accompanied by nearly 4,000 Arizona elementary school students over several concerts. Fifth grader Emilly Jenks said the event was “very inspiring,” and Christopher Barton, the orchestra’s executive director, said the concerts made the musicians “feel like rock stars.”

  Link Up - Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (Thomas M. Knoles)
Thomas M. Knoles Elementary School students
Photography: Diane Rechel

 
Link Up - Tacoma Symphony  
Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (Washington)

The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, says that “it quickly became clear why Link Up is so different from traditional kids’ classical concerts and why it has become so popular,” in its story about the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, which incorporated Link Up into their annual Simply Symphonic concerts in April. “The more the audience participates, the more it works,” Music Director Sarah Ioannides said. “Many of these kids have never been to a concert in here before. And the bonus is they get to play.”


 
Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra (California)

As reported by The Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento Philharmonic ended a yearlong absence from the concert stage with two Link Up concerts on April 10 conducted by the orchestra’s principal bassist Thomas Derthick for students from 23 schools across the region.

  Link Up - Sacramento Philharmonic

 
Link Up - West Michigan Symphony  
West Michigan Symphony (Michigan)

The Muskegon Chronicle has a story and great photos from the West Michigan Symphony, which brought Link Up: The Orchestra Moves to more than 4,000 area students in three concerts on April 15, exploring how composers create musical movement using motifs and melodic direction. The concert featured performers from Studio France School of Dance and Matthew Robertson as guest singer and host.


 

For a full list of national Link Up partners during the 2014–2015 season, please click here.

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Pianist Stephen Hough writes, “No two composers were more totally at home in front of the piano than Debussy and Chopin ... ” Read more of Hough’s thoughts below as he discusses the way Debussy and Chopin “changed the way we hear the sound of the piano.”

This article originally appeared on Stephen Hough’s blog.


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No two composers were more totally at home in front of the piano than Debussy and Chopin, hands to keys to strings to sound waves to pen and paper in one perfect gesture of inspiration. They both changed the way we hear the sound of the piano, both of them inventors of sonority. Chopin took bel canto singing lines and reproduced them on the keyboard above richly upholstered counterpoint; Debussy somehow preserved vibrations in the air, blending their ephemeral magic into music that reaches far back into deep memory.



They were both romantics on the surface but underneath Chopin was a classicist in his tastes, not only in his preference for Bach and Mozart but in his constant search for unity and proportion in his music, and in his mistrust of the artistic excesses which were developing around him in mid-19th century Paris. Whereas Debussy was, arguably, the first modernist (hat tip: Pierre Boulez) with his revolutionary approach to form and harmony and his exploration of a musical language fragmenting into a new vocabulary and meaning.

I'm about to begin a fortnight playing a programme placing these two composers side by side in six cities: London on Tuesday, then Manchester and Glyndebourne; and the following week Boston, New York and San Francisco. All the repertoire shows each composer at the peak of his powers, fully in control of the material, inspired in every bar. The Ballades are stories – epic tales, in scope if not in length, operas in miniature. All of the Debussy pieces are poems, vastly suggestive beyond their duration in time or their presence in aural space. But no analogy is needed or possible for the instrumentation: purest 'piano music', as orange as an orange is orange.

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Stephen Hough
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Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough writes, "Chopin is more like Solomon, reaching out for one of the Queen of Sheba's more exotic perfumes, nostrils quivering with the intoxicating, heady harmonies." That insight is evident in his playing, which the San Francisco Chronicle lauded for its utmost intimacy and lyricism. The program also includes works by Debussy.

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Before Bach, Audra McDonald, John Mellencamp, NYO-USA talent, Hubble's 25 Anniversary. These are just some of the things that we celebrated here at Carnegie Hall during the month of April!


Before Bach
Before Bach

This spring, Carnegie Hall’s Before Bach series celebrates music written in the late 16th and 17th centuries—prior to when Bach became an active composer —performed by the pioneering artists who have revitalized the repertoire for today’s audiences. Read now›


Monk
Meredith Monk: 50th Anniversary Concert

Meredith Monk is celebrating her 50th season of creating and performing work in New York City. Her career can be split into three distinct periods. Watch Monk speak about these three artistic periods, and listen to her speak about some of the pieces that will be performed at her 50th anniversary concert. Listen now›


Audra
Simply Audra

Audra McDonald returns to Carnegie Hall this month for her 19th appearance, along with a more seasoned perspective on her role as an entertainer and an enhanced appreciation of her place in history. Read now!›


Mellencamp
Bringing the Heartland

For over half a century Carnegie Hall has cultivated a rich history of hosting some of the most important rock and country music artists of our day. John Mellencamp adds to that legacy when he returned to the Hall in April, nearly 24 years after making his debut here on September 16, 1991. Plain Spoken


Savall
American Audiences Are Unique

gambist Jordi Savall speaks about an interesting observation he has made that is unique to American audiences. It Only Happens Here›


NYO-USA
Talent Both On and Off the Stage

The 2015 NYO-USA musicians also have a number of unexpected accomplishments off the stage—from writing award-winning poetry to kicking butt in Taekwondo. Learn more about them here!So Much Talent›


Broadway Sings
Take the STage with Broadway Stars

We sat down with Leslie Stifelman and Melissa Rae Mahon to talk about the upcoming concert, working together on Broadway, and living together as a family. Take the Stage›


Vespers
Encountering Monteverdi's Vespers

Whether you are new to early music or a dedicated fan, an aficionado of choral or solo vocal music, a believer or a non-believer, the power and beauty of Monteverdi’s Vespers will keep you mesmerized. Vespers›


Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang Performs Scriabin

Watch the dazzling pianist Yuja Wang perform and excerpt of Scriabin's Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28. Be Dazzled Now›


Hubble
Hubble's 25th Anniversary

How is Carnegie Hall related to this historical telescope? It’s all in the family ... Explore›


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May 5th, 2015 is Carnegie Hall’s 124th Anniversary. Starting on May 4th, we will celebrate Founding Week, a seven-day commemoration of Carnegie Hall’s founding on our social media channels. Each day of Founding Week will focus on a theme:


Monday, 5/4—Community
Tuesday, 5/5—Founding Day
Wednesday, 5/6—Traditions
Thursday, 5/7—Throwback Thursday
Friday, 5/8—Education
Saturday, 5/9—Parties
Sunday, 5/10—Future

Win prizes, connect with other followers, and learn more about the past, present, and future legacy of Carnegie Hall by following our Founding Week (#CHFW15) posts and sharing your own Carnegie Hall memories with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Meredith Monk is celebrating her 50th season of creating and performing work in New York City. Her career can be split into three distinct periods. Watch Monk speak about these three artistic periods, and listen to her speak about some of the pieces that will be performed at her 50th anniversary concert this Saturday, May 2.

Explore a timeline of a selection of Meredith Monk's works here.



Meredith Monk’s Three Artistic Periods
Monk mercy 2001
monk dolman 1979
monk panda 1984 monk nature 2013 monk juice 1967
monk north 1990 monk impermanence 2004
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Tune in and join us on the evening of Thursday, April 30—live from Carnegie Hall—as conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir in a performance of Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine.

Thursday at 8 PM (EDT): Listen and join the chat

Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine is a sacred work that draws upon a variety of secular early Baroque vocal styles. The music is quietly contemplative and joyously ecstatic, bringing an operatic sensibility for the first time to sacred music. The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, are renowned for their groundbreaking performances and recordings of this much-loved work. This concert is part of our month-long Before Bach artistic focus.

During this audio broadcast, share your thoughts about the music you're hearing with other listeners in the live webchat, as well as on Twitter using #CHLive. Get the program notes here.

The Carnegie Hall Live series is produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the WFMT Radio Network.


English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir

Thursday, April 30 at 8 PM (EDT)

Performers

English Baroque Soloists
The Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor
Francesca Aspromonte, Soprano
Francesca Boncompagni, Soprano
Mariana Flores, Soprano
Krystian Adam, Tenor
Nicholas Mulroy, Tenor
Andrew Tortise, Tenor
Alex Ashworth, Baritone
Robert Davies, Baritone
Gianluca Buratto, Bass
Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Dianne Berkun-Menaker, Artistic Director

Program

MONTEVERDI Vespro della Beata Vergine

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As we approach the anniversary of both the laying of the cornerstone on May 13, 1890, and the opening of Carnegie Hall on May 5, 1891, it seems fitting that in May 2015 the Hall will be filled with the sound of multiple choral concerts, with some performances presented by Carnegie Hall and others by the ensembles themselves.

Why is it fitting? It is a long-established facet of Carnegie Hall lore that without Louise Carnegie and her membership in the Oratorio Society of New York (along with William Burnet Tuthill, the Hall’s architect), Carnegie Hall and its 125-year history would probably never have happened. On a cruise to Scotland for his honeymoon with Louise, Andrew Carnegie encountered the conductor of the Oratorio Society, Walter Damrosch, who wanted a new home for his organization. Carnegie’s bride introduced Damrosch to her new husband—also at that time the president of the Oratorio Society—who invited the enterprising young conductor to his estate in Scotland to discuss plans for a new concert hall in New York City. It is suspected that Damrosch’s presence on the liner was not a lucky accident, but the rest, as they say, is history.

This month-long parade of choral music begins on May 1 when Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts his English Baroque Soloists and The Monteverdi Choir in the second of two concerts that conclude Before Bach, our focus on the exciting music written before 1685. This final concert in the series features a concert performance of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, which—according to our records—has only been performed in the full original version at Carnegie Hall three times.

Given the central role it played in the creation of the concert hall, it is apt that the Oratorio Society of New York returns to the Hall in which it has performed almost 450 times—its debut performance having taken place on Opening Night, 1891. A fun fact is that all of those hundreds of appearances have taken place in the “big Hall” except the first that we have in our records, which was a rehearsal in the Recital Hall (now Zankel Hall) on March 12, 1891—a full seven weeks before the Hall officially opened.

Also performing this May are The Cecilia Chorus of New York under Music Director Mark Shapiro; two nights with The Collegiate Chorale and Ted Sperling; the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International’s two concerts under Tim Sharp and Jonathan Griffith, respectively; and another performance by Mr. Sharp, this time conducting the Masterworks Festival Chorus on a program that also includes Henry Leck leading the National Festival Chorus.

Finally, May 25 sees an auspicious occasion for English composer and conductor John Rutter as he makes his 125th appearance as part of the MidAmerica Productions series when he leads the New England Symphonic Ensemble in a complete program of his own works, including the New York premiere of his Canticles of Creation. This concert will also see him named Conductor Laureate of MidAmerica Productions and will mark his final performance on the series after some 30 years.

So if you’re craving a chorus and have an hour or 20 to immerse yourself in the music that’s been intertwined with Carnegie Hall’s history since before it was even built, make your way to the Hall this May.

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