Carnegie Hall’s 2012-13 spotlights music’s power for social change

Posted on: January 27, 2012

In Friday’s (1/27) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin writes, “An Arab-Israeli orchestra, a Latin American festival and the crowning ensemble of Venezuela’s music program aimed at helping the poor will be major presences at Carnegie Hall next season, examples of the growing urge to make classical music socially relevant. Carnegie announced its 2012-13 program on Thursday. After focusing on its 120th anniversary this season, it will return to its recent practice of holding monthlong festivals, in this case Voices of Latin America. It will feature the Brazilian singer and guitarist Gilberto Gil; the Afro-Cuban jazz specialist Chucho Valdés; the composer Osvaldo Golijov, a major planner of the festival and Carnegie’s composer in residence next season; and the conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. … The conductor Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he helped found in 1999, will play all nine Beethoven symphonies in four concerts. … The soprano Renée Fleming will give four concerts as the planner of a Carnegie Perspectives series. … Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the conductor, will also make his Carnegie debut, leading the Philadelphia Orchestra for three concerts in his first season as music director.” Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra open the season with three concerts in October.

Posted January 27, 2012