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Gabriel Kahane Performs THE FICTION ISSUE World Premiere at Carnegie Hall in DON'T EVEN LISTEN, 10/25

Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and composer Gabriel Kahane performs the world premiere of his composition The Fiction Issue, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, on Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall on a program entitled Don't Even Listen.

Mr. Kahane and guest artists-vocalist Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider-collaborate on the premiere performance of The Fiction Issue as well as music from Kahane's second album Where are the Arms and his three-song cycle Come On All You Ghosts. Also on the program, Kahane surveys songs by Barber, Schumann, and Ives as well as Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Norman, Cee Lo Green, and others, exploring the intriguingly imprecise and overlapping boundaries of classical and popular song. The performance is preceded by a conversation, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with Kahane and Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen.

On Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, the Carnegie Hall Notables-a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s-hosts (un)common threads, a special Notables-only performance curated by Gabriel Kahane, seeking to uncover ties between seemingly disparate musical styles. Kahane's collaborators for (un)common threads include virtuoso jazz guitarist Julian Lage, indie-folk singer and songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, and four genre-defying musicians of ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing songs by Kahane, including excerpts from his popular Craigslistlieder cycle and his 2012 musical, February House, based on THE BOOK OF the same name by Sherill Tippins. Following the exclusive event, the Notables will gather at the Empire Hotel Rooftop for an after-party beginning at 8:30 p.m. with music by DJs Timo and Alan, designers of the Timo Weiland fashion collection.

(un)common threads is hosted by Carnegie Hall's Notables, whose support benefits the music education and community programs created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. For the November 5 performance and after-party, Notables members at the Supporter level (annual contribution of $500) and higher receive complimentary admission for two. Admission for non-members is $80 each with the price of each ticket applied toward a Notables membership. Tickets are not available to the general public. For more information, contact the Notables office at 212-903-9734,, or visit

Gabriel Kahane has established himself as a leading voice among a generation of young composers redefining music for the 21st century. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for "an all-around dazzling performance" in his orchestral debut of the premiere of his song cycle Orinoco Sketches with John Adams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic last season, Kahane's work defies classifications. This season Kahane performs at the University Musical Society of Ann Arbor, the Carolina Performing Arts Center, the Library of Congress, and with the Alabama and Waterloo-Cedar Falls symphonies. The culmination of his two-year composer-in-residency with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will be a world premiere concerto for Kahane and the orchestra. His rich and focused sophomore album, Where are the Arms, features collaborations with Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and The Johnsons, The National), Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens, Richard Swift, Pedro The Lion), and Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent), in eleven intricate and literate songs. Launched by his 2006 song cycle Craigslistlieder, Kahane has been commissioned by, among others, Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Caramoor Festival. As a theater composer, he has received commissions from the Signature Theater in Arlington, VA, and the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with such artists as Alisa Weilerstein, Jeremy Denk, Jonathan Biss, and the Calder Quartet. A recipient of multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo, Kahane makes his home in Brooklyn, New York. The original cast recording of his 2012 musical February House will be released October 16, 2012.

The Carnegie Hall Notables, a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s, is an exciting and energetic community of young people committed to advancing music education and the arts. Through original events, private performances with world-famous composers and musicians, discounted ticket prices to concerts, and music events throughout New York City, Notables members are invited to celebrate and intimately experience the exceptional power of music. Previous Notables events have included such artists as Alec Baldwin, Renée Fleming, Ana Gasteyer, Henry Rollins, and Duncan Sheik. The annual roster of events is curated by the Notables Committee, a diverse group of artists, socialites, and entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s. Members experience all types of music, traditional, and contemporary. Contributions to the Notables program support the vital music education programs of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, which annually serves over 350,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York metropolitan area and across the US. For more information, visit

Program Information

Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall
Gabriel Kahane: DON'T EVEN LISTEN
Gabriel Kahane, Piano, Reed Organ, Guitar, and Vocals
Shara Worden, Reed Organ, Guitar, and Vocals
Brooklyn Rider
•• Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
•• Colin Jacobsen, Violin
•• Nicholas Cords, Viola
•• Eric Jacobsen, Cello

Gabriel Kahane Come On All You Ghosts
YOTAM HABER "Once the Ocean Takes You"
Robert Schumann "Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen"
Robert Schumann Ich grolle night
CHRIS THILE "The Only Interesting Thing…"
Andrew Norman "Don't Even Listen"
CHARLES IVES "Tom Sails Away"
Jerome Kern "The Folks Who Live on the Hill"
Gabriel Kahane The Fiction Issue (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Gabriel Kahane Songs from Where are the Arms

Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall with Gabriel Kahane in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
Gabriel Kahane, Voice, Piano
Julian Lage, Guitar
Aoife O'Donovan, Voice
ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
•• Caleb Burhans, Violin
•• Caroline Shaw, Violin
•• Nadia Sirota, Viola
•• Clarice Jensen, Cello

For the October 25 concert, tickets, priced at $30 and $40, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,

For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit

For the November 5 (un)common threads performance and after-party, Notables members at the Supporter level (annual contribution of $500) and higher receive complimentary admission for two to this membership event. Admission for non-members is $80 each with the price of each ticket applied toward a Notables membership. Tickets are not available to the general public.

Photo © Josh Goleman.

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