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Carnegie Hall Announces 2014-15 Season

Carnegie Hall 2014-15 Season Announcement

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.

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FREE TICKETS: Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

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Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra come to Carnegie Hall this Monday at 8:00 p.m. for an electrifying program of Smetana and Dvořák, as well as Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Romanian virtuoso Radu Lupu.

Catch the show with a pair of free tickets, courtesy of FoM! (Five winners will be chosen.)

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Pete-seeger"My job is to show folks there's a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet." —Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger died yesterday at the age 94. Simply put, I can't think of a single human being—musician or otherwise—who lived their life with more honesty and integrity. Over the course of a 75-year career that saw him perform with everyone from Woody Guthrie to Bruce Springsteen, Pete was convicted for contempt of Congress, was banned from ABC for refusing to sign a loyalty oath, and was censored by CBS for singing a Vietnam protest song. Later in life, Pete took up environmental activism, eventually guilting General Electric into cleaning up the PCBs it had dumped into the Hudson. 

A linchpin of the Village folk revival of the 1950s, Pete performed straight up until the end of his life; we covered Pete's brief duet with Arlo Guthrie at his Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival in 2012. Read all about Pete's incredible life and legacy here.  

Coffee Conversation: Bora Yoon

Bora Yoon

Multimedia composer/performer Bora Yoon has spent the better part of a decade developing her one-woman show, Sunken Cathedral, which she describes as "an architectural journey through a house, and an archetypal journey through the subconscious." Sunken Cathedral will be released in April on Innova Records; Bora performs it live at HERE this week as part of the annual Culturemart festival of works-in-progress. (Tickets and info here.)

I sat down with Bora a few weeks ago to discuss her work as a singer and composer, how being a member of Voices of Ascension has informed her performance practice, and her thoughts on what electronic and classical music can learn from each other. Check it out below.

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