UBUNTU, Over 170 Concerts & More Set for Carnegie Hall's 2014-15 Season

UBUNTU, Over 170 Concerts & More Set for Carnegie Hall's 2014-15 Season

Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall's 2014-2015 season made up of over 170 concerts plus extensive education and community programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The new season will feature a remarkable range of performances by many of the world's greatest artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, and world music, with events presented on Carnegie Hall's three stages and throughout New York City.

Among the major season programming highlights announced by Mr. Gillinson is UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a three-week citywide festival scheduled from October 10 to November 5, 2014, exploring the dynamic and diverse culture of South Africa. The festival, with events at Carnegie Hall and more than 15 partner cultural organizations throughout New York City, will include music, film, visual art, and more. Carnegie Hall UBUNTU programming will include a number of performances featuring legendary artists, including trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekela, vocalist Vusi Mahlasela, vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, vocalist Angélique Kidjo, pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, and visual artist/filmmaker William Kentridge.

Mr. Gillinson announced a number of residencies and programming focuses for 2014-2015, including two Perspectives series of artist-curated programs by renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Composer Meredith Monk has been appointed to Carnegie Hall's Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair for the 2014-2015 season; Ms. Monk's season-long residency will include two concerts presented in spring 2015 in celebration of her 50th anniversary of creating work in New York City. Also in spring 2015, Carnegie Hall presents Before Bach, a month-long series of 13 performances showcasing many of the world's most exciting early-music performers focusing on music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

Four concerts by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker launch Carnegie Hall's season in October 2014, including a celebratory Opening Night Gala featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist which will be heard by music lovers worldwide via the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, created in partnership with WQXR and distributed by American Public Media.

Among Carnegie Hall's extensive education and community programs in the new season, Mr. Gillinson announced that the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI) and featuring the most talented young musicians, ages 16-19, from across the country, would embark on an eight-city coast-to-coast US tour in summer 2014, collaborating with conductor David Robertson and violinist Gil Shaham.

In mid-September 2014, Carnegie Hall's new Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing will open to the public with a series of free events for families, young musicians, students, and educators. The new wing, located on the upper floors of the Hall, will be home to education and community programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

"The 2014-2015 season has remarkable range-from a celebration of music of the Renaissance and the early Baroque eras to premieres by today's leading living composers, a major cross-arts festival that whisks audiences halfway around the globe to extended residencies, personally curated by some of the world's greatest artists and ensembles. With all we do, our goal is to ensure that Carnegie Hall always remains a destination for music lovers, compelling them to engage, enjoy, and explore," said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's executive and artistic director. "With the opening of the inspirational spaces in our new Resnick Education Wing, we will be better positioned than ever to serve people through music, welcoming people of all ages to the Hall. Through technology and education programming increasingly serving audiences nationally and abroad, we continue to look beyond the walls of our landmark building, asking how Carnegie Hall can best play a role in making music a meaningful part of people's lives worldwide."

For a fourth consecutive year, Carnegie Hall and WQXR 105.9 FM in New York partner to produce Carnegie Hall Live, an engaging nationwide live broadcast and digital series featuring 12 performances from Carnegie Hall's season. This year's series launches on October 1 with Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala performance by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

For the tenth consecutive year, Bank of America will be Carnegie Hall's season sponsor.

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