After a nationwide songwriter search, six talented teens are in South Africa this week to rehearse and perform alongside local musicians.
Each season we go behind the scenes with an artist as they prepare to make their Carnegie Hall debut. We invite you to join us this season as we follow mandolinist Avi Avital on the journey to his January 17 recital debut in Weill Recital Hall.
In this, the first video in our series, Avi tells us about his childhood and the path that led him to the mandolin. He also takes us to his studio in Berlin, and introduces us to a very special rehearsal partner.
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The next in our series of videos related to Vienna: City of Dreams features Bruckner's Symphony No. 6, one of many great works to be performed during the three-week city-wide festival beginning in February. Explore the rest of these videos, and additional information about the composers and compositions here.
Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning, Jeremy Geffen discusses the Bruckner's critics and the unanimously positive response to his Symphony No. 6.
Related: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Franz Welser-Möst, performs Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 on Wednesday, February 26.
Take a break to relax with Ensemble ACJW's performance of Bartók's Pihenö (Relaxation) from Contrasts, recorded live at Galapagos Art Space on June 10, 2013.
Conductor David Robertson returns to Carnegie Hall on December 14, to lead an inventive program of music by Steve Reich, Bartók, and Berio with soprano Dawn Upshaw and Ensemble ACJW.
Learn more about Ensemble ACJW and watch more Ensemble ACJW videos on our YouTube channel.
Carnegie Hall is proud to be a part of #GivingTuesday alongside many other organizations committed to giving back to their communities. We are one of the thousands of organizations in six different countries taking part in this movement.
#GivingTuesday is an international movement that offers the community a chance to give back to the organizations that serve them throughout the year. We hope that today you will think about all of the not-for-profit organizations you are grateful for, and, to start the holiday season off, think about giving something back to them. More information can be found at givingtuesday.org.
Creating connections throughout our community is our mission; to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists and audiences.
We are grateful you are a part of our community, and want to thank you for the support you have and continue to give us.
Today marks "Thanksgivukkah"—the first time since 1888 that Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah have fallen on the same day. In celebration of this once-in-a-lifetime super-holiday, we’ve pulled together five legendary pieces from 1888 for your Thanksgivukkah playlist.
Performed by Anne-Sofie Mutter
Hear her live: Mutter performs a recital here on December 14.
Performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Valery Gergiev
Hear the orchestra live: Experience the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta this spring as part of our Vienna: City of Dreams festival.
Performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Neeme Järvi
Heard in Carnegie Hall: The Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev played this piece as an encore after their October 11 performance here earlier this season.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sviatoslav Richter rehearsing the piece in 1967
Hear the piece live: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Zubin Mehta, performs Wolf's "Der Feuerreiter" with soprano Diana Damrau as part of our Vienna: City of Dreams festival on March 16.
James Levine conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker
Hear the piece live: The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons, performs this piece here on May 16.
The next in our series of Vienna: City of Dreams features Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, one of many great works to be performed in the three-week festival during February and March 2014. Explore the rest of these videos, and additional information about the composers and compositions here.
Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning, Jeremy Geffen discusses the Utopian vision conveyed by Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
Related: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 on February 25, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
Earlier this year Bombino, the Niger-born Tuareg singer/songwriter/guitarist, and his band stopped by the Washington DC offices of NPR Music to perform a Tiny Desk Concert—the 300th episode in the series of intimate sets at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. The performance features three songs—"Tamiditine," "Her Tenere," and "Imuhar"—from Bombino's Nonesuch Records debut album, Nomad, which was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Next week Friday, December 6, Bombino performs as part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.
With the holidays just around the corner, we put Gino Francesconi—director of the Carnegie Hall Archives and Rose Museum—on the spot by asking him to suggest just a single theme that captures the holiday season at the Hall throughout the 12 decades of its existence.
"Probably the longest tradition of celebrating the holidays at Carnegie Hall is with the great Handel's Messiah," Gino reflects. "It's been performed at Carnegie Hall about 350 times since our very first season. If you had to guess which piece of classical music has been performed at Carnegie Hall more than any other, you might think Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Or maybe the William Tell Overture. Wrong! It's Messiah. I often joke that if all of the recordings and all of the sheet music for Messiah just vaporized, you could corral all of the Carnegie Hall ushers and we could probably write out the entire work from memory!"
In fact, the first performance of any part of the iconic oratorio took place just seven months after the opening of the Hall when, on December 27, 1891, Walter Damrosch conducted the New York Symphony Orchestra and French soprano Emma Fursch-Madi in a performance of "I know that my Redeemer liveth" from Messiah during one of his Damrosch Sunday Concerts.
The first performance of the full Messiah at the Hall took place just two days later on December 29 when Damrosch—again—led the New York Symphony Orchestra and the Oratorio Society of New York in the first of three consecutive performances. Soloists that Tuesday afternoon included sopranos Clementine de Vere and Jennie Patrick Walker, contralto Marie Ritter-Goetze, tenor Italo Campanini, and bass Emil Fischer. Frank L. Sealy—a prominent New York organist at the turn of the century—is listed as the organist.
Programs from both concerts. Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.
A trio of Messiah flyers from across the decades. Courtesy of the Carnegie Hall Archives.
The tradition of seasonal Messiah performances at Carnegie Hall continues in 2013 with a selection of concerts between December 12 and 23 by Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra, The Cecelia Chorus of New York with Orchestra, The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra, and the Oratorio Society of New York, each presented by the respective organization.
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