GRAMMY nominated Monty Alexander returns to Birdland from December 20-24 with two sets each night!
From Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, Grammy nominated pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. A perennial favorite at Jazz festivals and venues worldwide and at the Montreux Jazz Festival where he has appeared 23 times since 1976, his spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.” In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expressions—the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Documented on more than 75 recordings and cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing), the Jamaican government designated Alexander Commander in the Order of Distinction in 2000 and in 2018 The University of The West Indies bestowed him with an honorary doctorate degree (DLitt) in recognition of his accomplishments.
Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique follows the artist-protagonist to a glittering ball, a march to the scaffold, and a demonic witches’ sabbath that dazzles with blazing orchestral colors and effects. Lidholm’s Poesis, a 20th-century classic, explores new worlds of sound with haunting solos and novel uses of instruments. Herbert Blomstedt conducts.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year — and welcome the Year of the Rabbit — with the New York Philharmonic. Violinist Ning Feng joins the Orchestra in an arrangement of Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, erhu virtuoso Yiwen Lu takes center stage in Qigang Chen’s La Joie de la souffrance. Long Yu returns to conduct the concert, which also features Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture,a selection from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, and Guo Wenjing’s setting of a Chinese folk song. Enhance your experience: Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in style at our Lunar New Year Gala. Join us for a pre-concert cocktail reception, receive prime concert seating, and enjoy an elegant dinner with the artists on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade. Contact email@example.com to support the Lunar New Year Gala.
Grammy Award winner, drummer, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington blends jazz, indie rock, and hip-hop with her multi-talented sextet Social Science. This fresh ensemble thoughtfully confronts urgent social and societal issues through a suite of powerful compositions, inspiring a deep regard for humanity and freedom, while never forgetting to excite on a purely musical level.
Celebrated Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin joins OSL for this program dedicated to the power of the piano quintet. The first Black female composer to have her music performed by a major American orchestra, Florence Price was a prolific and innovative American artist. On this program, OSL continues its commitment to championing Price’s music by presenting her Piano Quintet in A minor alongside Brahms’ Piano Quintet.
Joshua Bell—“the greatest American violinist active today” (Boston Herald)—performs with pianist Daniil Trifonov, “one of the most awesome pianists of our time” (The New York Times) in a collaboration awaited with the highest of expectations. These Carnegie Hall favorites are internationally renowned both as soloists and collaborators, and this trio of sonatas by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Franck highlight both sides of their exceptional talents.
Winner of the 2022 Honens International Piano Competition, 21-year-old Ukrainian pianist Illia Ovcharenko embodies Honens’ ideal of the “Complete Artist” with technical mastery, perseverance against adversity, and understanding of music that is both intellectual and emotional. His program of contrasts and connections bookends Liszt’s B minor Sonata with two Scarlatti miniatures. The second half pairs music by two Ukrainian composers—Revutsky and his student Silvestrov—and concludes with the defiant “Heroic” Polonaise of Chopin.
The brunt of Covid is past us, most people have emerged from their caves into the sunlight once more, and it seems high time that we performed the Beethoven Ninth again (with a repeat performance in Carnegie Hall). The Beethoven Ninth remains after two hundred years music's ultimate affirmation of the indomitable human spirit. No other work delivers this particular, powerful message in the music of the richest complexity that is still understandable by everyone, everywhere. Mr. Zander feels a particularly close affinity to this work and has a special respect for its message. He chose it back in 1990 as the first commercial recording to be made by the BPO, and five years ago he re-recorded it in London – together with two and a half hours of spoken commentary – with the London Philharmonia Orchestra. We are extraordinarily fortunate in our vocal soloists for this performance. Soprano Liv Redpath's voice has been praised by Opera News “It was as if the sky itself had been rendered into sound.” and by Parterre “She has a youthful timbre and quicksilver bloom on the voice that is rare indeed.” Mezzo-soprano Ashley Dixon has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle “Ashley Dixon’s bravura display of artistry…marked by robust vocal tone, pinpoint precision and a wondrous air of dramatic intensity.” Tenor Nicolas Phan has been hailed as “One of the world’s most remarkable singers” by the Boston Globe and National Public Radio has called him "An artist who must be heard” with "One of the most beautiful young lyric voices around” Opera News. Baritone Alfred Walker has been praised by Opera News for his “inky bass-baritone and clear projection” and by Der fliegende Holländer, Theater Basel; Die Welt “Alfred Walker was outstanding as The Dutchman… his performance fiery and chilling at the same time." Not to be missed! There will be an intermission after the 1:30 p.m. pre-concert talk before the concert.
Mitsuko Uchida, one of the great pianists of our time and a 2022–2023 Perspectives artist, plays Beethoven’s final three sonatas. Uchida’s handling of this repertoire is exemplary, and when she last performed this program at Carnegie Hall in 2009, her “dazzling clarity, warmly fluid, seamless playing, [and] probing intelligence” led unsurprisingly to “a tumultuous ovation” (The New York Times).
Program BIBER Passacaglia in G Minor for Solo Violin BIBER The Glorious Mysteries VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
Nina Simone married art and activism during her legendary Carnegie Hall performance in 1964, leading to a historic live album and definitive recording of her civil rights anthem “Mississippi Goddam.” Boldly stepping into Simone’s shoes is powerhouse vocalist and Grammy winner Ledisi, whose 2021 album Ledisi Sings Nina showcases “both the diversity and depth of Simone’s musicianship, and the breathtaking range and reach of Ledisi’s own voice” (The New York Times). Taking on Simone’s emotionally searing, socially conscious songs, Ledisi returns to Carnegie Hall—with a 30-piece orchestra—to pay tribute to one of the icons of 20th-century music.
In their first concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, dancer Alistair Wroe and Italian pianist Raffaello Moretti, fresh from their recent performances in London, present an evening of music and dance. Selections include: Adams, Beethoven, Chopin and Bach's Goldberg Variations.
“The Story of God: A Journey of Faith, Hope and Unity,” is led by Catholic liturgical artists John Angotti and ValLimar Jansen, along with the Corporate Travel Voices In The Hall choir of 250+ vocalists from across the United States. The concert expresses a message of love, forgiveness and acceptance.