New York based chamber ensemble, DECODA, is gearing up for its winter/spring 2016 event, the Tertulia Chamber Music concert series. The ACJW fellowship program from Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute has been touted as one of the brightest outlets for young talent.
It's the same old story almost every day. Yet another think piece on the fate of, quote, "classical music." More often than not, it is a cautionary tale: Symphony x cannot pay the rent, its endowment has run dry; opera company y can't put patrons in seats, the audience is dying. Looking purely at financials, it might be tempting to think said woe is warranted. It's not, of course. The ledger has never offered the best forecast for any state, classical music included. Outreach, support, engagement--the three pillars of music education at large--continue to be much more accurate bellwethers. Pedagogically speaking, then, no other institution offers a more far-reaching, supportive and uniquely hands-on approach than the Link Up curriculum designed by Carnegie Hall.
Are you a lover of arias? Looking for some first-class singing instruction? Look no further than the Carnegie Hall 2016 schedule, which offers a rare opportunity to see opera singer Joyce DiDonato's master classes (from January 8th-10th). These classes, which are public events (at a modest ticket price of $15) follow upon the success of last season’s classes, which were held from February 21st-23rd and are now available on medici.tv. Further into the season, a Mitsuko Uchida piano workshop event will be held (from February 24th-25th) -- this time only open to workshop participants.
If front-row seating to a symphony orchestra isn’t impressive enough, the Google Cultural Institute now offers a new option: simply go inside the orchestra (virtually). Using specialized cameras, placed on stage amidst active performances, the Google Cultural Institute has released a series of 360-degree videos of virtual concerts that allow users to choose their preferred angle of appreciation, all within a YouTube window.
In honor of Carnegie Hall's 125th Anniversary, the iconic performance hall has been assembling an eclectic series of events, some celebrating not just the venue's past, but its future as well. In the interests of spreading the joy of classical music to a new generation (and ensuring a full house for decades to come), Carnegie Hall invited forty second graders from Hamilton Heights School for a surprise classical concert performed by members of the Ensemble ACJW.
Commissioned for the birth of Bertha Faber's second son, with Clara Schumann at the piano, Brahms' "Lullaby" was first heard some 150 years ago. Absent that night in Vienna, you'll still recall its gentle, E-flat waltz from your own childhood. Likewise, you weren't there last April for the world premiere of "Sweet Like Honey Buns." But that's just because its funky, electric guitar-led hook, care of composer Daniel Levy and a young mother named Vetaya, was first performed at Rikers Island. The end result of Carnegie Hall's Lullaby Project, songs like "Honey Buns," LaToria's "Mommy's Boys, Mommy's Blessing" and "Sleep Under the Willow" by Sarah (institutions like prisons and hospitals prefer first names only) are all part of a precious process, intent on helping at-risk women, and often their partners, bond with their babies.
Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin will be leading a special concert at Carnegie Hall entitled "With You, Armenia" in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks some 100 years ago. As Classicalite contributor James Inverne duly lets us know, the concert will juxtapose Armenian composers with works by Chopin and, surprise, will feature the world premiere of a newly composed work by Krzysztof Penderecki. Poland's greatest living composer, as per the 'Guardian,' yes, Mr. Penderecki is all too familiar with historical horrors--and how to honor them.
In one of our favorite episodes yet, The Travel Channel's docu-drama 'Mysteries at the Museum' recently featured the archive and research room at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. Via the episode entitled "Stolen Strad, Fall From Space, Czech Dream," host Don Wildman examined a concert program that marked one of the most infamous nights in the history of the hall (as well as a space capsule used by a heroic astronaut during a harrowing mission and a DVD from an unusual film that blurred the lines between fact and fiction).
The New York Choral Society will be presenting a concert at Carnegie Hall titled 'For Those We’ve Loved.' The program will include "On the Transmigration of Souls" by John Adams and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d" by Paul Hindemith.
Controversy is brewing after the New York Youth Symphony pulled a commissioned piece by Jonas Tarm set to play at Carnegie Hall after learning that is has musical quotations from the “Horst Wessel” song, the Nazi anthem.
Upon earning her undergrad in opera from the University North Texas, like so many others before and since, a doe-eyed Shara Worden packed up her scores and moved to New York City. Studying privately with Australian composer/violinist Padma Newsome, palling around with people like the Dessner brothers, she was determined--perhaps destined, even--for their kind of "crossover." And, indeed, just like Clogs and The National did, Worden struck gold first with the indie-r stuff. Cases in point: a gorgeous slew of remarkably baroque records--Bring Me the Workhorse (2006), A Thousand Shark's Teeth ('08), All Things Will Unwind ('11), last year's This Is My Hand--on Asthmatic Kitty Records, ground zero for through-composed indie rock.
Centredisc will be releasing a new album titled "Tundra Songs" featuring Kronos Quartet in a trio of works by Canadian composer Derek Charke. Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq will also appear on the album, which will be released in March. Kronos will also be playing the world premiere of "Charke’s Dear Creator, help us return to the centre of our hearts" at Carnegie Hall.
This is the year of Björk. The Icelandic singer has been making headlines with her critically acclaimed new album, "Vulnicura," and her upcoming shows at Governors Ball and Carnegie Hall. One of the most exciting things coming from the singer is her new retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, titled “Björk." She has recently released a trailer for the exhibition which is sure to titillate fans of the often subversive icon.
The internet is blowing up with news that billionaire Ronald Perelman will be succeeding Sanford I. Weill as the chairman of Carnegie Hall, a position he has held for nearly 25 years. The announcement isn’t just shocking because of the staff change, but also because Perelman has said to the New York Times that he is “not much of a classical music enthusiast” and hopes to push the hall into hosting more pop performances.
Carnegie Hall will be hosting the Egyptian classical pianist Mohamed Shams solo debut in April. During the program, Shams will perform works by Chopin, Carter, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Scarlatti and Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel Rahim.