Carnegie Hall and WQXR Present the 10th Summer Season of ‘Carnegie Hall Live’

Mike Lawson • News • June 2, 2021

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For the 10th consecutive season, Carnegie Hall and WQXR unite to present Carnegie Hall Live, a series of broadcast concerts that draw upon some of the finest live performances from Carnegie Hall’s stages over the past nine years in programs that are thematically reimagined and newly produced. Jeff Spurgeon hosts the programs, which air Thursdays through the summer through August 26.

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The series launches on WQXR on Thursday, June 3 at 9:00 PM (ET) with a program featuring works by American composers. The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin performs Bernstein’s On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue featuring pianists Lang Lang, Chick Corea, and Maxim Lando from Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night in 2017. Baritone Thomas Hampson sings excerpts from Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words and Burleigh’s “Ethiopia Saluting the Colors” with pianist Wolfram Rieger. Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin play Tango for Two Pianos by Stravinsky (a naturalized American citizen from 1945), and sibling duo cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason play Barber’s Cello Sonata. Michael Tilson Thomas closes the program leading the San Francisco Symphony in Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Other upcoming highlights in the specially-curated series include performances by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia led by Sir Antonio Pappano and featuring pianist Martha Argerich, soprano Renée Fleming in recital with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, and a special broadcast showcasing performances by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America over the years with conductors Marin Alsop, Sir Antonio Pappano, and David Robertson.

All Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts will air locally on New York’s only all-classical music station WQXR FM weekly on Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET through August 26, and will be available to digital audiences on-demand at, and In addition, the series is airing on public radio stations across the country throughout the year. The full WQXR broadcast schedule is listed below.

Ed Yim, WQXR’s Chief Content Officer, notes: “As New York’s classical music service, WQXR is rooted in our great city, and nothing could be more New York than the legendary Carnegie Hall. We are proud to share a decade’s worth of performances from the world’s greatest stage and look forward to many years of future collaboration.”

“It is a pleasure to revisit these incredible performances through Carnegie Hall Live as we mark our tenth year of partnership with WQXR,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director at Carnegie Hall. “There is nothing like being together for a live concert in Carnegie Hall. We are delighted to share exceptional musical experiences from the last nine years with listeners around the world as we look forward to our return to the Hall and the chance to create even more wonderful musical memories.”

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