Carnegie Hall Announces Community and Family Programs, Feb-March 2014
This winter, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI) continues to bring outstanding live performances to community venues throughout the five boroughs of New York City with its free Neighborhood Concerts. For almost four decades, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts have featured performances by top artists across multiple genres including jazz, world music, classical, and more. In addition, WMI presents a number of free family-friendly programs throughout New York City as part of the Carnegie Kids series.
At Carnegie Hall, parents and young people can also enjoy affordably-priced Family Concerts, recommended for ages 5-10, providing a unique opportunity to introduce children to live performances of music from around the world.
PRESENTATIONS AT Carnegie Hall:
Carnegie Hall FAMILY CONCERT: BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 p.m.
Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world, and experimental music, New York's amplified ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars is recognized worldwide for its ultra-dynamic live performances of today's most innovative music.
Pre-concert activities start at 12 p.m. in the Parterre lobby with Christopher Marianetti and Elena Moon Park of Found Sound Nation.
Tickets: $12, $18
Carnegie Hall FAMILY CONCERT: REGINA CARTER'S REVERSE THREAD
Saturday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Award-winning jazz violinist Regina Carter takes you and your family on an exotic journey in this concert of soulful African folk tunes infused with contemporary flavor. Carter's violin is joined by the accordion and kora (West African harp), creating sounds both old and new.
Pre-concert activities will take place one hour before the performance and are free to all ticket holders.
Tickets: $12, $18
PRESENTATIONS THROUGHOUT NEW YORK CITY
CARNEGIE KIDS: THE ITTY BIDDIES
Tuesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 4 at 11:30 a.m.
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College
The charismatic Itty Biddies have audiences of all ages happily rocking out together at every performance with their cool, clubby roots, and silky harmonies. With a series of songs that tell a fascinating tale over the course of a concert, the Itty Biddies can take you from an African safari to the plains of Texas without you leaving your seats.
Tickets: $10, $16, $22
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: MARINA HARRIS AND ROBERT MOLLICONE
Saturday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m.
Advent Lutheran Church
Soprano Marina Harris recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as part of The Song Continues in a master class with beloved soprano Jessye Norman. Critics have praised her "powerhouse vocal display ... flair and well placed high notes" (San Francisco Chronicle). Pianist, coach, and conductor Robert Mollicone has brought his coaching and conducting skills to productions at the Boston Lyric Opera, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
CARNEGIE KIDS: ELENA MOON PARK AND FRIENDS
Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Bronx Library Center
The innovative music of Elena Moon Park and Friends incorporates traditional Asian and western rock instruments set to Korean and Japanese songs. As heard on their album Rabbit Days and Dumplings, Park and friends perform folk and children's music from East Asia in a contemporary way.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: SOFIA REI
Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Argentinean singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer Sofía Rei is one of the most charismatic and inventive vocalists on the New York music scene. Her recent album De Tierra y Oro draws on a wide range of South American folk influences and bracingly modern sounds, with Rei's powerful voice at the forefront. Rei has been embraced by audiences around the world due to her melodies, sensitive interpretations, and jazz improvisations.
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT: ARUÁN ORTIZ QUARTET
Sunday, March 2 at 3:00 p.m.
Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz has enjoyed a busy career playing with top artists, composing, teaching, and leading his own quartet. Ortiz draws inspiration from jazz greats Maurice Ravel and Thelonious Monk creating a sophisticated sound that surges with plenty of free-flowing improvisation.