Classical 90.5 gives you the best seat in Carnegie Hall (without actually being there) for select concerts, hosted by Fred Child and Jeff Spurgeon. Each broadcast gives you the experience of being at the world-famous hall, and includes special guests and interviews and commentary from the audience. Carnegie Hall Live is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall, WQXR and American Public Media. There is a live chat during the performance, and you can follow the conversation on Twitter using #CHLive.
November 13, 2013 – 8pm: San Francisco Symphony
Lauded for their “fresh and daring” (The New York Times) approach to repertoire, the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas come to Carnegie Hall with a program that finds an unexpected dialogue between American works and Viennese classics. Quintessential masterpieces for orchestra by Beethoven and Mozart are juxtaposed with the works of American composers Aaron Copland and Steven Mackey.
November 18, 2013 – 8pm: Arcangelo
One of the world’s freshest period-music ensembles, Arcangelo brings together exceptional musicians who display a passion for faithful interpretation that goes far beyond historical understanding. The group brings its dazzling technical ability to a program of works by J. S. Bach and J. C. Bach, as well as Handel’s mythological tale of unrequited love Apollo e Dafne, one of his most ambitious cantatas that set the stage for the brilliant operatic career that followed in the next 30 years of his life.
January 18, 2014 – 8pm: Takács Quartet
Bartók has been a staple of the Takács Quartet’s repertory for decades, with the group’s affinity for his music evidenced in each breathtaking performance. Having been hailed for uniquely capturing all of the textural elements of the composer’s string quartets, “from the explosively energetic to the grimly sardonic, incorporated into a single, magnificent musical span” (The Guardian), the revered quartet embarks on a cycle of these works with this program of odd numbered quartets from the early, middle, and late periods of Bartók’s canon.
February 2, 2014 – 2pm: The English Concert
Early-music specialist Harry Bicket returns to Carnegie Hall with The English Concert for the next installment in their Handel project—the rarely heard oratorio Theodora. Featuring some of the composer’s most glorious music, this tragic work depicts the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard, sung here by vocal greats Dorothea Röschmann and David Daniels. This deeply moving oratorio serves as a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and an indictment of persecution, topics that still resonate with audiences today.
February 11, 2014 – 8pm: Boston Symphony Orchestra
The much-admired maestro Bernard Haitink leads the stellar Boston Symphony Orchestra through a program that includes works by Ravel, including what is arguably his best work—the passionate ballet score Daphnis et Chloé, first danced by the Ballets Russes—as well as his Spanish-infused Alborada del gracioso.
February 23, 2014 – 2pm: Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax
Rarely do such musical powerhouses come together for one night on one stage, but when they do, the result is pure magic for all who are lucky enough to be in attendance. Such an occurrence will take place when superstar musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax unite for a recital as part of Ax’s inventive Brahms Project, spotlighting the enduring legacy of the composer by pairing works by Brahms with the New York premiere of a new work by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg.
February 26, 2014 – 8pm: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is an integral part of a city rich with a history of important composers and performers. The incomparable orchestra is joined by maestro Franz Welser–Möst for an exploration of enduring scores by influential composers from their native land and a contemporary work from a composer who is creating in Vienna today. The program includes Bruckner’s magnificent and genial Sixth Symphony and Mozart’s Symphony No. 28, paired with Johannes Maria Staud’s On Comparative Meteorology. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.
March 12, 2014 – 8pm: Natalie Dessay and Philippe Cassard
French soprano Natalie Dessay is one of the biggest stars of today’s operatic world, thrilling audiences as both a singer and an actress in her dramatic portrayal of some of the most well-known heroines in the genre. In her New York recital debut, the coloratura focuses on the rich German romanticism of Clara Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss, as well as French songs by Debussy, Duparc, Poulenc, and Fauré. The New York Times wrote of her, “Every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment.”
April 30, 2014 – 8pm: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York” (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation against war by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.
May 16 or 17, 2014 – 8pm: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
The spirited Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of chief conductor Mariss Jansons, returns to Carnegie Hall! (Program details TBA.)