Breaking: Kissin to headline Carnegie season… with Yiddish evening

Breaking: Kissin to headline Carnegie season… with Yiddish evening


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2015

Just in, from Clive Gillinson.


press release:

Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary Celebration
Season launches with Opening Night Gala concert with
Alan Gilbert, Evgeny Kissin, & the New York Philharmonic on October 7, 2015

All-star anniversary gala featuring Carnegie Hall Artist Trustees on May 5, 2016
marks 125 years to the day that Carnegie Hall first opened

125 Commissions Project
Carnegie Hall commemorates 125th anniversary by commissioning 125+ new works by established and emerging composers over next five seasons

Debs Creative Chair: Kronos Quartet
Pioneering group to hold Debs Chair for the launch of
Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project, as they begin their own
Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire initiative;
NYC residency includes Carnegie Hall concert and week-long workshop for young musicians

Perspectives: Evgeny Kissin, Sir Simon Rattle, and Rosanne Cash
Evgeny Kissin celebrates 25 years since his Carnegie Hall debut with six concerts, including performances in opening and closing weeks of the season with the
New York Philharmonic and The MET Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle launches two-season Perspectives leading
complete Beethoven symphony cycle with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash curates four-concert celebration of Southern roots music featuring appearances by The Time Jumpers;
Ry Cooder / Sharon White / Ricky Skaggs; and St. Paul and The Broken Bones

The Somewhere Project
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute launches citywide creative learning project
exploring West Side Story, culminating in large-scale production
of the musical in restored factory in Queens, NY
conducted by Marin Alsop and directed by Amanda Dehnert, March 4–6, 2016


  • carnegiefan says:

    Dear Mr. Lebrecht: There are hundreds of available photos of Kissin (who is now 43 years old), so why do you publish a photo of the 19 year old Kissin with his mother? Surely a more recent, mature photo would be appropriate here. Thank you.

  • Hilary says:

    It will be intriguing if Kissin plays one of the 125 newly commissioned pieces as up til now Prokofiev has been the farthest he has stepped into the 20th century,yet alone 21st. Formidable pianist though….I’ve always been impressed by his appearences in London.

    • Tutti Musica says:

      Kissin’s Yiddish music & poetry program will certainly consist of Carnegie Hall premieres, with works by Moyshe Milner, Alexander Veprik, Alexander Krein, and Ernest Bloch.

  • norman lebrecht says:

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  • wundertier says:

    Seems like you eliminated Petros Linardos´ really harmless comment from yesterday evening, but forgot to delete your own reaction from 6.14 pm: “If you don’t like this site, please leave.” This post looks quite lonesome now…;-)