What can I say? I'm a sucker for a free lunch.
Continuing the parade of performing arts institutions eager to trot out their offerings to members of the scribbling class, Carnegie Hall announced its 2014–15 season today in their posh Rohatyn Room. Mind you, I still don't know what I'm doing next month, much less next year, but this was a well organized, thoughtful presentation by Carnegie's charming and eloquent majordomo, Clive Gillinson, now entering his 10th season as Executive and Artistic Director.
Since Clive's arrival in 2005, Carnegie has hosted one major festival each year, and next year's "UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa" promises to be the most ambitious to date. Dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela, the three-week festival (October 10–November 5) will encompass popular and indigenous music, dance, theater, film, and the visual arts. Among those scheduled to appear are Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Hugh Masekela, along with a wide variety of artists never before seen in New York.
Opening the season will be the Berlin Philharmonic, who will perform four concerts at Carnegie—including the opening-night gala with Perspectives artist Anne-Sophie Mutter. In an unprecedented display of cooperation with Lincoln Center, the Berliners will also appear on the White Light Festival for two performances Peter Sellars' acclaimed production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory.