On February 28, 1965, legendary soprano Leontyne Price made her Carnegie Hall recital debut before a sold-out house, with a program of opera arias and songs by Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, Lee Hoiby, and Francis Poulenc. Proceeds from the event went to the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the United Nations. It was her first New York recital since 1954.
Poster for soprano Leontyne Price's Carnegie Hall debut recital in 1965.
Price made her Carnegie Hall debut on December 8, 1954 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, conductor, in a performance of Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard, Op. 30. She went on to perform nearly 50 times at Carnegie Hall, with her final appearance on the September 30, 2001 “A Concert of Remembrance: Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy of September 11,” on which she delivered a powerful, exquisite, and heart-rending version of “America the Beautiful”.
Leontyne Price receiving flowers from Carnegie Hall assistant house manager—and her old friend—Rudy Stewart after a 1991 solo recital. Photograph: Steve J. Sherman
Listen to the archived audio broadcast of pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, acting as leader and soloist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in performances of three Beethoven piano concertos.
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove AndsnesMonday, February 23 at 8 PM (EST)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes, Leader and Piano
Piano Concerto No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 3
Piano Concerto No. 4
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The American Composers Orchestra interviews composer Shara Worden (a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond). She will perform Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins with the American Composers Orchestra on Friday, February 27 in Zankel Hall.
Read an excerpt of the interview below.
American Composers Orchestra: What are you looking forward to about performing with Orchestra Underground at Carnegie Hall?Shara Worden: I perform with orchestra a few times a year, and it's always an adventure. I learn something every time and as a composer it feels like you are working on all cylinders. Your ears get wider. Your brain goes into overdrive because there is is much to take in. It's like flying high with the wind in your face! Like wrestling an elephant! Like leaning into a fierce storm and coming out alive! A great challenge and a great thrill.
American Composers Orchestra: Why did you choose your songs “Whoever You Are,” “We Added It Up,” and “Looking at the Sun” over others for performance with Orchestra Underground?Shara Worden: I wrote and arranged "We Added It Up" originally for the American Songbook Series, and at the time I was listening to a lot of orchestration from the same time period as The Seven Deadly Sins, so I really enjoy playing these pieces next to one another. I see myself as a musical descendant of Kurt Weill, a classical composer who also loved popular songs, and I feel like there is a clear relationship there in this juxtaposition.
Read the full interview on SoundAdvice›
Celso Duarte is a virtuosic harp player from Mexico and one of our Musical Explorers artists this season! During the professional development workshops for our Musical Explorers teachers, Celso was able to tell us about Son Jarocho, a style of music he plays that was born in Veracruz, Mexico. Students learn two traditional Son Jarocho songs: “Lluvia de San Juan” and “Iguana.”
Below is a video of Celso explaining the Son Jarocho rhythms.
For the complete roster of 2014–2015 Musical Explorers artists and to do some exploring of your own, click here.
In this final video of this series, Edmar Castañeda speaks briefly about about his upcoming concert in Zankel Hall on March 6. Don't miss this opportunity to let him take you on a journey around different rhythms!
In case you missed parts 1–5, you can catch up here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5.
You submitted your questions for Joyce DiDonato during the medici.tv webcast of Sunday's master class, and now you can read all of her responses below.
Watch replays of all three master classes on medici.tv.
Tune in and join us tonight, Monday, February 23—live from Carnegie Hall—as pianist Leif Ove Andsnes acts as leader and soloist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in performances three Beethoven piano concertos. Landmark works, the concertos bridge the Classical and Romantic eras. Beethoven infuses his Second Concerto with a zesty exuberance that would have made Mozart smile, while the Third and Fourth concertos storm and sigh before their genial rondo finales.
During tonight's 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.
Renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads a series of three public master classes as part of her Carnegie Hall Perspectives residency. Ms. DiDonato mentors four singers, focusing on opera arias. The master classes are held in the Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing and will be streamed live on medici.tv, as well as on our website.
Alison King, Soprano
Narea Son, Soprano
Kayleigh Decker, Mezzo-Soprano
Gerard Schneider, Tenor
Miloš Repický, Piano
Renate Rohlfing, Piano
Submit your questions for @JoyceDiDonato on Twitter using #AskJoyce, and she'll answer in a live Twitter chat following Sunday’s master class webcast.
On March 8th the MET Chamber Orchestra and James Levine will give the last world premiere of an Elliot Carter work with their performance of his The American Sublime, a work dedicated to Levine. The premiere brings Carter’s Carnegie Hall experience full circle as he attended some notable performances as a youth, including the Carnegie Hall premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Carter talks about that Stravinsky premiere and more in this video.
Pianist Richard Goode introduces his upcoming program of chamber music in Zankel Hall. Don't miss the concert this Sunday, February 22 as Goode performs works by Brahms and Schumann with soprano Sarah Shafer, violinist Itamar Zorman, violist Kyle Armbrust, and cellist Brook Speltz.
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