Bessie Award winner Ayodele Casel is a longtime City Center collaborator and one of the world’s great tap talents, beloved for her musicality, strength, and fluid, generous style. As the second featured artist-curator in our Artists at the Center series, Casel invites an all-star roster of choreographic and performing talent to join her on the City Center stage in an evening that features six World Premiere City Center Commissions.
Casel expands her sublime 2021 Fall for Dance commission Where We Dwell—featuring live original music by Crystal Monee Hall—to further explore her and her collaborators’ personal, cultural, and musical approaches to the quintessentially American tap form.
“The work transforms the stage into a kaleidoscope of vibrant dancing bodies”
—The New York Times
Ayodele Casel, Jared Alexander, Brinae Ali, Tomoe “Beasty” Carr, Amanda Castro, Michelle Dorrance, Naomi Funaki, Quynn Johnson, Gerson Lanza, Dario Natarelli, Caleb Teicher, Dre Torres
When our storybook heroines gather for book club, they always discuss the same book, Grimms’ Fairy Tales — because as far as they know, it’s the only book that’s ever been written. That’s until a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps. From now on, “happily ever after” will never be the same. Once Upon a One More Time weaves the chart-topping hits of the undisputed Princess of Pop, Britney Spears, into a brand-new kind of fairy tale.
The tirelessly creative flutist and curator Claire Chase has been called “the North Star of her instrument’s ever-expanding universe” (The New York Times). At the center of her Debs Creative Chair residency is the continuation of Density 2036. By annually commissioning a new body of flute repertory, this 24-year project consistently expands the boundaries of the instrument. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this monumental project, Chase performs the first 10 programs in one exhilarating week, beginning with this Zankel Hall concert and culminating with the world premiere of Density x, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.
The Signum Quartet’s performance of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” has been called “as boldly imagined as a symphony” (The Times, London). In a concert rescheduled from the 2020–2021 season, the exciting German ensemble plays Schubert’s emotional masterpiece, a robust Haydn quartet, the ravishing and rarely heard Quartet for Strings by South African–British composer Priaulx Rainier (“a revelation,” according to The Independent), and a striking contemplation on mortality by South African composer Matthijs van Dijk.
Program OSVALDO GOLIJOV Tenebrae for String Quartet ELEANOR ALBERGA String Quartet No. 1 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130
Program R. SCHUMANN Papillons J. S. BACH Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825 SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
Jill Burgett conducts Orff’s Carmina Burana, Pamela McDermott conducts John Rutter’s Gloria, and Kristofer Sanchack conducts Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes. Performing with the New England Symphonic Ensemble are several distinguished soloists and choruses from Alabama, Virginia, New Jersey, and Colorado.
Mikael Ayrapetyan is an Armenian pianist, composer, researcher and producer with a specific goal: to deliver hidden gems of the Armenian classical repertoire. In his Carnegie Hall debut, Ayrapetyan revives the forgotten names of composers by recording and performing world premieres of a treasury of Armenian music. Music in Armenia has a long and rich history, stretching back before the Middle Ages, with its origins in popular folksongs.
Tehorah, meaning "pure" in Hebrew, is a musical journey about loss, hope, love, and forgiveness. First performed in Weill Recital Hall in 2015, the concert celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, from 1920s Weimar Berlin all the way to the Promised Land. Written, directed, and performed by international chanteuse Adrienne Haan, the soirée contains German, Yiddish, and Hebrew songs that were composed and written by Jewish composers and librettists.
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall under the exceptional leadership of Susanna Mälkki, a conductor revered for “the absolute integrity of her music-making” (Chicago Tribune) and ability to “invest anything she touches with persuasive grandeur” (San Francisco Chronicle). Mälkki’s critically acclaimed Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage debut came in 2022 when she lent her talents to conducting the New York Philharmonic, and it will be a thrill to see her lead her nation’s own Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in this all-Finnish program. Hear masterworks by Sibelius and a transportive piece by Kaija Saariaho—an ideal showcase for Debs Creative Chair and endlessly creative flute virtuoso Claire Chase.
Performers Salvatore Moltisanti, Artistic Director and Pianist Julija Bal, Piano Paolo Bruno, Piano Tomohiro Iwamatsu, Guitar Kodai Miyazaki, Bassoon Anna Dorothea Mutterer, Violin Oyundari Nandinjargal, Piano Pablo Rossi Rodino, Baritone Adriano Leonardo Scapicchi, Piano Tatiana Studyanova, Piano Shingo Sugio, Bass Burentsogt Unenburen, Piano Leon Watanabe, Cello
Sandeep Das and Mike Block have collaborated for more than 15 years to bring different worlds of music together so that they seamlessly flow as one. In this concert, through improvisation and the tradition of learning music aurally, they collaborate with members of Ensemble Connect to achieve a sangam, a confluence of different musical ideas that join like tributaries to form a mighty river of music. The repertoire includes original compositions; traditional music from India, Nepal, and Greece; and adaptations of contemporary music from Finland, Norway, and the US.
Bass-baritones Ryan Speedo Green and Eric Owens join conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin in The Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble’s final performance of the Carnegie Hall season. Hear selections from Terence Blanchard’s moving opera Champion, which receives its Metropolitan Opera premiere in 2023. Also included are Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite for Brass Quintet; Michael Tilson Thomas’s Street Song, a warm and popular brass composition that receives its Carnegie Hall debut; and an interesting pair of trios: Valerie Coleman’s Rubispheres, dedicated to urban life and landscapes; and Charles Wuorinen’s Trio for Trombone, Mallet Instruments, and Piano.