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Rosanne Cash to Curate Music Series as Part of 2015-16 Carnegie Hall Season


Beginning this fall, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will curate a four-concert Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall-a residency that offers a glimpse of the rich and disparate elements of American southern roots music, from traditional bluegrass to country and soul music, and from Western swing to hardscrabble, virtuosic folk music. Featuring some of the greatest artists working in these fields, the concerts are a celebration of a soulful and quintessentially American cultural form.

The series will kick off with three concerts hosted by Cash in Zankel Hall featuring artists she is championing. First up, on Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 p.m., is a performance by The Time Jumpers, an 11-piece, four-time Grammy Award-nominated band comprising legendary veterans of the Nashville music scene. The unique collaboration combines Western swing with traditional country music for an evening of music both recognizable and fresh.

On Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 p.m., Cash brings together master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs for an extraordinarily rare performance together in Zankel Hall, exploring traditional blues, gospel, and bluegrass. The performance also features Sharon White, one of the most pristine voices in Southern music, Skaggs's wife, and a member of the legendary country vocal group The Whites, which includes sister Cheryl White and father Buck White, who are also on the bill, along with Joachim Cooder on drums and Mark Fain on bass.

On Friday, January 15 at 9:00 p.m., Cash presents St. Paul and The Broken Bones, an Alabama-based soul septet fronted by fiery lead singer Paul Janeway, whose charismatic stage presence has been compared to the legendary James Brown. The band will be joined by special guests including the renowned Donnie Fritts and former guitarist of the Grammy-winning Civil Wars John Paul White, for an evening packed with horn-infused, Stax-influenced, southern R&B.

Rosanne Cash concludes her Perspectives series with a performance of her own on Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, featuring songs from her critically lauded, three-time Grammy award-winning album The River & The Thread--a collaboration with her partner, producer, and co-writer John Leventhal that musically, narratively, spiritually, and geographically explores the American South. Cash and some very special invited guests (to be announced) will also present musical highlights from their shared Southern roots and her storied 35-year career.

Rosanne Cash is one of America's preeminent performing songwriters. A four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and composer, she has recorded 15 albums and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts. She is the author of a best-selling memoir, Composed, and a prolific writer and speaker. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York magazine, and the Oxford American, among others. Cash first performed at Carnegie Hall in 1994. She returned for a solo Zankel Hall performance in 2006 as part of the WFUV Live at Zankel series and appeared in 2007 as part of an all-star Rainforest Foundation Fund Benefit Concert.

Carnegie Hall's Perspectives
Now in its 16th season, Carnegie Hall's Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles.

Previous Perspectives artists have included Senegalese vocalist Youssou N'Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; and singer-songwriter James Taylor; as well as conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Robertson; violinists Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Maurizio Pollini, András Schiff, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; sopranos Renée Fleming and Dawn Upshaw; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; and early music ensemble L'Arpeggiata. Other Perspectives artists in the 2015-2016 season are pianist Evgeny Kissin and conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

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