Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall’s 2008–2009 season featuring
more than 200 performances by many of the world’s finest artists, presented on Carnegie Hall’s three stages and
throughout New York City in collaborations with many of the city’s leading cultural institutions. Major highlights of
Carnegie Hall’s new season include two complementary citywide festivals that celebrate the dynamic culture and distinctive
history of American music—Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, commemorating the life of iconic American musician
Leonard Bernstein, co-presented with the New York Philharmonic in fall 2008, and Honor! A Celebration of the African American
Cultural Legacy, curated by Jessye Norman in spring 2009.
“With two major festivals in 2008–2009, we build
on our programming approach launched in 2007–2008. Working in partnership with many great New York City cultural institutions,
we are offering audiences exciting journeys across a broad cultural spectrum, inspired and drawn together by compelling themes,”
said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director. “Following our current major international focus, our 2008–2009
season pays tribute to the remarkable contribution that the United States has made to world culture, with celebrations of
Leonard Bernstein, the African American cultural legacy, and Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday, featuring concerts, special
events, and major educational initiatives. Building on Carnegie Hall’s remarkable history, our goal is to ensure that
our institution, through its programming, continues to play a central part in broadening the role and relevance of arts and
culture in the lives of the people of this great city and beyond.”Leading this
is..TWO MAJOR FESTIVALS EXPLORE AMERICA’S RICH MUSICAL HERITAGE:
The Best of All Possible Worlds Commemorating Leonard Bernstein—Fall 2008
Honor! A Celebration of the African American
Cultural Legacy Curated by Jessye Norman—Spring 2009CARNEGIE HALL PERSPECTIVES
ENTERS 10TH SEASON:
Acclaimed Conductor-Pianist Daniel Barenboim in 15-Event Series Culminating in a Complete Mahler
Symphony Cycle Led by Barenboim and Pierre Boulez
Tabla Virtuoso Zakir Hussain Showcased in Five EventsCollaborating with
Wide Range of Artists,
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From blog Night After Night
is goog example of the effort which advid concerts have to their philharmonic organizations within their communities.
Xian Zhang, the New York Philharmonic's associate conductor, cuts a diminutive figure on the podium, but good lord, what amazingly
powerful sounds she coaxed out of the orchestra on Saturday night! Practically everyone I know was at the Steve Reich All-Stars
affair at Carnegie Hall -- apart from Bruce Hodges, who was seated across the aisle. But while the Reich program was undeniably attractive, I'd heard those pieces played live
by those performers (except for newish Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler) before. Reminded recently that I'd yet to hear
a performance conducted by Zhang, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and attend the Philharmonic concert tonight.
Prokfiev's Alexander Nevsky Cantata is a piece that I've long appreciated without ever really taking it to heart;
I've enjoyed it when I've heard it, but I couldn't sing one of its tunes to you. What the New York Philharmonic played on
Saturday night (as well as the preceding Thursday and Friday) was not the cantata but the complete film score, as painstakingly
reconstructed by the gifted William Brohn, played in time with an immaculate print of Sergei Eisenstein's film. Prokofiev's
original soundtrack was recorded by an undersized and none-too-distinguished studio ensemble; what Brohn did was to recreate
the score, orchestrated along the more plush and dynamic lines of the later cantata.