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Carnegie Hall Live
Wednesdays at 8:00 PM

Hear some of today’s finest classical music performers on the most famous stage in America, in this special 13-week broadcast run. 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 January 6, 2021 - March 31, 2021.


January 6, 2021 – 8:00 PM
Cleveland Orchestra in Beethoven, Strauss, and Nicolai

Conductor Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a program of Nicolai, Strauss, and Beethoven, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and cellist Lynn Harrell. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill host.

January 13, 2021 – 8:00 PM
Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic
Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic step into Carnegie Hall for a program featuring music by Widmann and Shostakovich. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos joins in as the soloist for Brahms’s vibrant Violin Concerto.

January 20, 2020 – 8:00 PM
Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

This week hear a concert with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a program of Richard Strauss and Brahms. This was Jansons' final performance before his passing just a few weeks later. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and Annie Bergen were the evening's hosts.

January 27, 2020 – 8:00 PM
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents Berlioz, Bizet, and Respighi

This concert recorded on November 15, 2019 features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with director Riccardo Muti. Joyce DiDonato joined the program, lending her voice to Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre.

February 3, 2020 – 8:00 PM
Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason Play Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and More

Recorded on December 11, 2019 this concert from Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall featured the New York recital debut of cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill were the evening's hosts.

February 10, 2020 – 8:00 PM
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Perform Beethoven

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique perform Beethoven's 8th and 9th symphonies, the latter with soloists Lucy Crowe, Jess Dandy, Ed Lyon, and Matthew Rose, as well as the Monteverdi Choir. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer are your hosts. 

February 17, 2020
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic

This Carnegie Hall Live broadcast recorded in 2018 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 were the evening's hosts.

February 27, 2020
Sir András Schiff, piano

In this concert recorded on March 10, 2015, Hungarian pianist András Schiff focused on the final sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, pieces that range in style from playful and straightforward to highly dramatic. Throughout his long career, Schiff has gained critical acclaim for his exploration of these pillars of the Austro-German keyboard canon. Elliott Forrest & Jeff Spurgeon co-host this broadcast.

March 3, 2021 – 8:00 PM

L'Arpeggiata Presents Music of the Italian Renaissance

This broadcast of L’Arpeggiata’s “La lyra d'Orfeo,” featured 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. Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer were the evening's hosts.

March 10 2021 – 8:00 PM
Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes Play Beethoven

Originally recorded in February 2015, relive the Mahler Chamber Orchestra along with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2-4. Over the course of his career, Andsnes has devoted much of his concert and recording activities to Beethoven's piano works. This Carnegie Hall program offers a unique snapshot of the inner concertos, from the youthful and exuberant No. 2 to the transitional No. 3 to the forward-looking No. 4. Jeff Spurgeon co-hosts this broadcast with conductor Alan Gilbert. 

March 17, 2021 – 8:00 PM
Budapest Festival Orchestra and Marc-André Hamelin

This concert, originally recorded on Feb. 18, 2016 at Carnegie Hall, features Iván Fischer leading the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a program of Weber and Prokofiev. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin joins the orchestra as the soloist in Liszt's Piano Concert No. 1. Hosted by Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer.

March 24, 2021 – 8:00 PM
Michael Tilson Thomas Leads the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler

Michael Tilson Thomas and The San Francisco Symphony present the symphonic “alpha and omega” of Gustav Mahler — his First Symphony, “Titan,” and the Adagio from his unfinished 10th Symphony. Originally recorded on April 8, 2017. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon co-hosted the live broadcast alongside John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds.

March 31, 2021 – 8:00 PM
The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America Performs Berlioz and Strauss
The final broadcast of the season features the young musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in a program of music by Berlioz and R. Strauss. Sir Antonio Pappano led the ensemble, and was joined by the evening’s special guest, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill host.