NEW! The Carnegie Hall 2017-2018 Season



Over 170 concerts – plus an increasing array of educational and social programs that reach out to students, families and young musicians – will be featured in the upcoming season at Carnegie Hall.

As Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s Executive and Artistic Director, pointed out at a 24 January press conference, a common theme throughout the season is the influence that music can have in changing our world. Among those speaking at the presentation were Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, Robert Caro and Daniil Trifonov, all of whom play an important part in the plans for 2017-2018.

Ten American and ten international orchestras – The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the China NCPA Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Sphinx Virtuosi, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester among them – are scheduled to perform. There are also groups that will be making their debuts at Carnegie Hall: the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale. Chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, plus a full program of jazz, pop and world music fill out the schedule.

Highlights for 2017-2018 include:

The ‘60s: The Years that Changed America

Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Robert A. Caro, this citywide, multidisciplinary festival explores the influences of music and the arts, and the roles they played in the cultural and political upheavals of the 1960s. Participating musicians and groups range from the Kronos Quartet and the Philip Glass Ensemble to David Crosby and Snarky Puppy.

Partners in this festival include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Apollo Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library, The Paley Center for Media and many more.

Richard & Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair: Philip Glass

Carnegie Hall joins the celebration of the eminent composer’s 80th birthday with this residency, and with performances that include both Glass premieres and classic works.

Glass’s rarely performed Music with Changing Parts is featured in The ‘60s festival. Notable premieres include a new work for the JACK Quartet, and composer Nico Muhly’s arrangements of lesser-known Glass songs – both of which are Carnegie Hall commissions.

Perspectives: Janine Jansen & Daniil Trifonov

Celebrated violinist Janine Jansen curates a five-concert series that features both classical and new works for violin, and an all-star roster of musicians. Among the highlights of her year is the New York premiere of a violin concerto written for her by Michel van der Aa with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Pianist Daniil Trifonov will be featured in seven concerts: three celebrating Chopin; the premiere of Trifonov’s piano concerto with the Mariinsky Orchestra; a collaboration with baritone Matthias Goerne; and two Zankel Hall recitals. One of these Zankel recitals, called Decades, is a solo program with ten seminal works chosen from each decade of the twentieth century.

Weill Music Institute

Carnegie Hall offers a growing list of music education and social impact programs throughout New York City and around the world. The projects include Link Up, Create Justice, Future Music Project and The Song Continues.

2018 will mark Marilyn Horne’s final season as Artistic Advisor of The Song Continues, an annual festival of song that she founded to nurture young talent. Happily, she is passing the baton to Renée Fleming, who will direct the project in the coming years.

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Susan Metzger

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