Carnegie Hall Live

Thursday's at 1 p.m.
  • Hosted by Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer

Carnegie Hall Live is a 13-part series featuring performances with some of the world's leading artists and ensembles. Available at no charge to stations, each episode is post-produced to a 2-hour format.

Hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill. Special guest co-host Clive Gillinson (Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director), joins for the final program in the series, a performance by the National Youth Orchestra of the USA led by Michael Tilson Thomas.

Airs Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 1 p.m. This concert, recorded in 2018, features the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas in a program of Sibelius, Gershwin, Copland, and a world premiere by Ted Hearne. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet was the featured soloist.

Airs Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. On this concert pianist Beatrice Rana will join the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin in a concert centered around Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. The concert opens with a Funeral Song by Igor Stravinsky and will close with the Symphony No. 1 by Rachmaninoff.

Airs Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 1 p.m. Joins Les Violons du Roy and & La Chapelle de Québec, led by Bernard Labadie, as they perform selections from Bach's monumental Mass in B Minor with Soprano Lydia Teuscher, Countertenor Iestyn Davies, Tenor Robin Tritschler, and Bass-Baritone Matthew Brook.

Les Violons du Roy
La Chapelle de Québec
Bernard Labadie, Founding Conductor and Music Director of La Chapelle de Québec
Lydia Teuscher, Soprano
Iestyn Davies, Countertenor
Robin Tritschler, Tenor
Matthew Brook, Bass-Baritone

Airs Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. This concert, led by Iván Fischer, features the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a unique all-Hungarian program. Highlighting works by Béla Bartók as well as traditional Hungarian peasant songs, the concert concluded with a concert performance of Bartók's one-act opera, Bluebeard's Castle.

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Márta Sebestyén, Vocalist
Ildikó Komlósi, Mezzo-Soprano
Krisztián Cser, Bass

Airs Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. This concert, broadcast live from Carnegie Hall features pianist Pianist Mitsuko Uchida leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in two concerto's by Mozart, the Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major and the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor. In between we'll hear Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite by Alban Berg.

Airs Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. This concert, broadcast live from Carnegie Hall 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.

Airs Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. This concert, broadcast live from Carnegie Hall features Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations in a delightful concert featuring 17th century French music by Lully, Couperin, Rameau, Marais, Du Caurroy, Sainte-Colombe, Leclair and more.

Airs Thursday, July 11, 2019, at 1 p.m. This concert, broadcast live from Carnegie Hall on February 15, 2019, includes a program of Richard Strauss, Beethoven, and the New York premiere of Guillaume Connesson's Eiréné with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding, featuring pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Connesson: Eiréné (NY Premiere)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Airs Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 1 p.m. This performance with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra also featured trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, who showcased his skills on the piccolo trumpet and cow horn — as well as his voice — in HK Gruber’s Aerial. The program concluded with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a sprawling work that tugs at your every emotion, from the opening trumpet calls to the finale’s magnificent peaks.

Airs Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded by conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Columbia University professor of literature and postcolonial studies Edward Said, fosters dialogue between Israeli, Palestinian and Arab musicians through musical performance. For this concert, the orchestra performed Don Quixote, a tone poem by Richard Strauss based on Cervantes’ novel, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.