Carnegie Hall goes online for wide-ranging “Voices of Hope” festival

Posted on: April 2, 2021

“Carnegie Hall has announced plans for its first-ever digital festival,” writes Brian Wise in Tuesday’s (3/31) Musical America (subscription required). “ ‘Voices of Hope,’ originally scheduled to run in-person from March through May, is to move online with plans for more than 100 mostly free events, from April 16-30. The festival … has gained a newly topical thrust, focusing on how artists have addressed themes of war, political oppression, social injustice, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Each of the 16 evenings will feature a different performance, filmed in venues from Fez, Morocco, to Washington, D.C. (though not Carnegie Hall itself, which remains closed). There will also be afternoon documentary and concert film screenings, and programming from some 40 partner institutions.… [The festival] includes the premiere of a performance piece by violinist Jennifer Koh and bass-baritone Davóne Tines on the history of Asian-American oppression and solidarity between Asians and the Black community…. The festival opens on April 16 with Andris Nelsons leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, filmed at Tanglewood. Other featured artists include … the National Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda…. Carnegie Hall plans to return to in-person performances this fall.”