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Marilyn Horne Leads Carnegie Hall's 'The Song Continues' Series in Final Season as Artistic Advisor

Marilyn Horne Leads Carnegie Hall's 'The Song Continues' Series in Final Season as Artistic Advisor

From January 23-28, 2018, Carnegie Hall celebrates the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, who will lead The Song Continues in her final season as Artistic Advisor before passing the torch to acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming, who will continue this beloved tradition in years to come.

The Song Continues, first presented at Carnegie Hall in 2004, explores song repertoire through master classes and concerts, with the goal of encouraging, supporting, and preserving the art of the vocal recital.

This year's series culminates in a very special Marilyn Horne Song Celebration concert that will feature eight world-renowned singers who have been mentored by Horne and two pianists who have enjoyed long associations with her, on Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall.

The concert will feature sopranos Nicole Cabell and Susanna Phillips, mezzo-sopranos Beste Kalender and Isabel Leonard, tenors Leonardo Capalbo and Russell Thomas, baritones Lester Lynch and Edward Parks, and pianists Warren Jones and Martin Katz. Complete program information is listed below.

Ms. Horne kicks off the first of three public master classes in Carnegie Hall's Resnick Education Wing on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m., followed by collaborative pianist Graham Johnson on Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m., and soprano Renée Fleming on Friday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m. Participants include twelve young vocalists and four pianists selected through a rigorous application process. In addition to the master classes, invited participants receive a private coaching with either Ken Noda or Warren Jones, and also have the opportunity to attend a Career Resources Session and the culminating event, the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration.


Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Resnick Education Wing
Katerina Burton, Soprano
Lynnesha Crump, Soprano
Lindsay Brown, Mezzo-Soprano
Carlos Cardena, Tenor
Christina Giuca, Piano
Richard Jeric, Piano
Andrew King, Piano
Cameron Richardson-Eames, Piano

Tickets: $15

Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Resnick Education Wing
Hannah Rose Kidwell, Soprano
Devony Smith, Soprano
Veronika Anissimova, Mezzo-Soprano
Siena Licht Miller, Mezzo-Soprano
Christina Giuca, Piano
Richard Jeric, Piano
Andrew King, Piano
Cameron Richardson-Eames, Piano

Tickets: $15

Friday, January 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Resnick Education Wing
Brea Marshall, Soprano
Isabella Moore, Soprano
Boya Wei, Soprano
Lindsay Mecher, Mezzo-Soprano
Christina Giuca, Piano
Richard Jeric, Piano
Andrew King, Piano
Cameron Richardson-Eames, Piano

Tickets: $15

Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
Nicole Cabell, Soprano
Susanna Phillips, Soprano
Beste Kalender, Mezzo-Soprano
Isabel Leonard, Mezzo-Soprano
Leonardo Capalbo, Tenor
Russell Thomas, Tenor
Lester Lynch, Baritone
Edward Parks, Baritone
Warren Jones, Piano
Martin Katz, Piano

Reynaldo Hahn Venezia
Pietro Mascagni "Serenata"
Pietro Mascagni "Rosa"
Pietro Mascagni "M'ama ... non m'ama"
CHARLES IVES "In the Alley"
CHARLES IVES "General William Booth Enters into Heaven"
Richard Strauss "Muttertändelei," Op. 43, No. 2
Richard Strauss "Morgen," Op. 27, No. 4
Richard Strauss "Cäcilie," Op. 27, No. 2
FERNANDO OBRADORS "Del cabello mas sutil" from Canciones clasicas españolas
HENRI DUPARC "Chanson triste"
Ricky Ian Gordon "Joy"
Franz Schubert "Gruppe aus dem Tartarus," D. 583
JOHANNES BRAHMS "Wie bist du, meine Königin," Op. 32, No. 9
Samuel Barber "I hear an army," Op. 10, No. 3
STEFANO DONAUDY "O del mio amato ben"
PAOLO TOSTI "Non t'amo più"
PAOLO TOSTI "L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra"
Leonard Bernstein "Take Care of This House" from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Leonard Bernstein "Greeting"
Leonard Bernstein "Somewhere" from West Side Story

This concert and the Pure Voice series are sponsored by the Jean & Jula Goldwurm Memorial Foundation in memory of Jula Goldwurm.

Tickets: $68, $78

Tickets 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

Artists, prices, and programs are subject to change.


Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne continues to be one of America's most beloved artists. Ms. Horne has received numerous accolades and honors in the arts as well as academia. In 2009, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was honored in Washington DC as the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors Award. President Clinton named her a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1995. In 1992, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Bush and the Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Horne sang at the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton White Houses and at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993. In 1994, Ms. Horne launched The Marilyn Horne Foundation with the mission to encourage young talent and nurture audiences for the art of vocal recital. Furthering her dedication to mentoring young singers, Ms. Horne also holds residencies at the University of Oklahoma and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. She has also given master classes at the University of Maryland, the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, St. Joseph's College, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As vocal program director at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, she teaches public master classes and private lessons to some of the world's most promising young artists.

Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. In 2013, President Obama awarded her America's highest honor for an artist, the National Medal of Arts. She brought her voice to a vast new audience in 2014, as the first classical artist ever to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Ms. Fleming has sung for momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. A ground-breaking distinction came in 2008 when she became the first woman in the 125-year history of the Metropolitan Opera to solo headline an opening night gala. In 2016, Renée Fleming was appointed Artistic Advisor for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, the Board of Sing for Hope, and the Artistic Advisory Board of the Polyphony Foundation. Among her awards are the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit, Sweden's Polar Music Prize, and France's Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. Ms. Fleming is featured on the soundtracks of the current films The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and coming this spring, Bel Canto. Also this spring, she will appear on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.

Graham Johnson is Senior Professor at the GSMD. He formed the Songmakers' Almanac in 1976, and has worked with Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Peter Pears, Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Dame Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Philip Langridge, Christopher Maltman, Edith Mathis, Ann Murray, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price, Thomas Quastoff, Dorothea Röschmann, Alice Coote, Christine Schaefer and Peter Schreier. His extensive discography includes the entire Schubert and Schumann Lieder for Hyperion Records. He was made OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours list, Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2002, and Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2010. He was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal, Medal Hugo Wolf Medal, and received Honorary Doctorates from Durham University, the New England Conservatory of Music and Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

Photo Credit: Henry Grossman

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