Valley Public Radio is pleased to present another season of the acclaimed series Carnegie Hall Live. Hear some of today’s finest classical music performers on the most famous stage in America, in this special 13-week broadcast run. Produced by New York Public Radio, and hosted by Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer (with occasional special guest co-hosts) each two hour broadcast will take you on a musical journey filled with memorable performances. Hear Carnegie Hall Live Wednesday nights from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM from September 5th through November 28th.
The Philadelphia Orchestra with Lang Lang and Chick Corea
Wednesday Sept 5, 2018 – 8:00 PM
ep. CHL 18-01
This season opener conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin features the music of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein's symphonic arrangements of his music for On the Waterfront and West Side Story. Soloists are pianists Lang Lang and Chick Corea, as well as 14-year-old Maxim Lando. The young pianist joined in on a two-piano arrangement of Rhapsody.
L'Arpeggiata Presents Music of the Italian Renaissance
Wednesday Sept 12, 2018 – 8:00 PM
ep. CHL 18-02
L’Arpeggiata presents “La lyra d'Orfeo,” an evening of selections from Luigi Rossi’s operas Orfeo and Il Palazzo Incantato, as well as several pieces from the Italian composers Lorenzo Allegri, Giovanni Felice Sances and Maurizio Cazzati. L’Arpeggiata is led by Christina Pluhar. Céline Scheen, soprano, and Giuseppina Bridelli, mezzo soprano, are featured guests.
Wednesday Sept 19, 2018 – 8:00 PM
ep. CHL 18-03
This episode of Carnegie Hall Live features the renowned Takács Quartet in an emotionally stirring performance of Haydn's String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 5; Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 11; and Brahms' Second String Sextet. The Takács Quartet are Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz (violins), Geraldine Walther (viola) and András Fejér (cello). The quartet was joined by guest violist Ericka Eckert and guest cellist David Requiro.
Martha Argerich and Rome’s Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Wednesday Sept 26, 2018 – 8:00 PM
ep. CHL 18-04
This episode of Carnegie Hall Live features the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under the direction of Antonio Pappano, performing quintessentially Italian works by Giuseppe Verdi and Ottorino Respighi. The program also includes Argentine pianist Martha Argerich leading Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto, a personal favorite of hers. This was Argerich's first Carnegie appearance in nearly a decade.
Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic
Wednesday Oct 3, 2018 – 8:00 PM
Recorded on November 8, 2017: Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 3. The performance also features mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura, MasterVoices and the Manhattan Girls Chorus. The symphony is a monumental work — the longest in the standard repertoire. John Schaefer and mezzo-soprano dynamo Susan Graham co-host the broadcast.
Yuja Wang plays Brahms, Schumann, and Beethoven
Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 – 8:00 PM
ep. CHL 18-06
In this performance recorded live at Carnegie Hall, acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang performed a solo recital weaving together works across the romantic repertory. The program features a pair of ballades by Brahms; Schumann's Kreisleriana (based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann character, the eccentric conductor Johannes Kreisler); and finally Beethoven's deeply moving "Hammerklavier" Sonata. Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, joined John Schaefer to co-host this live broadcast.
Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk
Wednesday Oct 17, 2018 – 8:00 PM
The Carnegie Hall Live series continues with violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk presenting an evening of chamber music by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Janáček and Schubert.
Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic
Wednesday Oct 24, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This Carnegie Hall Live broadcast features Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic. The all-Brahms program showcases the composer’s playful side with the Academic Festival Overture, the nods to past influences via the Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, and the much anguished-over First Symphony that catapulted him into the ranks of great German composers. Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer host.
Kirill Petrenko and the Bavarian State Orchestra
Wednesday Oct 31, 2018 – 8:00 PM
For this performance, conductor Kirill Petrenko and the Bavarian State Orchestra — or Bayerisches Staatsorchester — both made their Carnegie Hall debut. Listen to a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto, featuring soloists Julia Fischer on violin and Daniel Müller-Schott on cello; as well as Tchaikovsky’s programmatic Manfred Symphony. Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer host.
Sir András Schiff
Wednesday Nov 7, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This Carnegie Hall Live broadcast features pianist Sir András Schiff performing fantasies, sonatas and suites by Mendelssohn and the most well-known configuration of the "Three Bs" — Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer co-host the broadcast.
Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin
Wednesday Nov 14, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This encore performance recorded in January 2017 features the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by its music director Daniel Barenboim. It marked the 60th anniversary of Barenboim's Carnegie Hall debut on Jan. 20, 1957. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon co-hosts alongside John Schaefer.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday Nov 21, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This broadcast features the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Mariss Jansons. Violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann is the soloist for Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto, and the orchestra also performs the Overture to Rossini’s William Tell and Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer are your broadcast guides.
Marin Alsop and the National Youth Orchestra of the USA
Wednesday Nov 28, 2018 – 8:00 PM
This final broadcast of the Carnegie Hall Live series features the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, conducted by Marin Alsop. 116 musicians from 33 states gathered for three weeks of intensive training that culminated in this performance recorded live at Carnegie Hall in July 2017. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon co-hosts the live broadcast with Clive Gillinson, the executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall.