Just-Announced Concerts Including
Complete Beethoven Cycle
with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and
The Philadelphia Orchestra,
Plus Performances by
Angélique Kidjo, Pedrito Martinez,
John Monsky’s The Eyes of the World:
From D-Day to VE Day
The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble,
Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Bernard Labadie, and more

2021–2022 Season Launches with
Opening Night Gala Performance on October 6

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading The Philadelphia Orchestra (Photo by Jennifer Taylor)

(August 19, 2021, NEW YORK, NY)— As Carnegie Hall prepares to kick off its much-anticipated 2021–2022 season, the Hall today announced new concert offerings that have been added to its schedule, including a complete Beethoven symphony cycle by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra presented over five concerts, which will be launched with the Hall’s Opening Night celebration on October 6. Just-announced concerts in coming months also include exciting performances by Angélique Kidjo, Pedrito Martinez, Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Bernard Labadie, and the return of The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble as well as The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day, a musically driven multimedia production created by historian and narrator John Monsky that tells the dramatic story of the last 11 months of World War II.

These events are part of the Hall’s 2021–2022 season line-up that includes more than 100 performances presented on the Hall’s three stages and across New York City, including appearances by many of the world’s greatest artists and ensembles encompassing classical, jazz, and popular music. “As we prepare to welcome audiences back to Carnegie Hall, we are thrilled to continue to build on our upcoming season, adding these terrific performances,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “It will be deeply meaningful to be together again, enjoying concerts and once again sharing in the power of live music.”

Beethoven Symphony Cycle with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Throughout this landmark season at Carnegie Hall, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a complete cycle of Beethoven’s nine symphonies over five concerts. Four of the programs will present the symphonies in dialogue with music of today. Performances include works by Philadelphia Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank, and Iman Habibi, Jessica Hunt, and Carlos Simon, selected composers from Frank’s Creative Academy of Music, each commissioned by the orchestra. Maestro Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra were originally scheduled to perform a complete Beethoven symphony cycle at Carnegie Hall in spring 2020 in celebration of the composer’s 250th anniversary, concerts that were unable to take place due to COVID-19. The Beethoven cycle kicks off on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. when Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the orchestra open Carnegie Hall’s 2021–2022 season with a gala performance culminating with the composer’s Symphony No. 5. The Opening Night program begins with a new work by Valerie Coleman titled Seven O’Clock Shout, an anthem commissioned by the orchestra and written in response to COVID-19, honoring frontline workers. Yuja Wang will join Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra as soloist for Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (replacing the previously announced Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.) to be followed by Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. A highlight of the performance will be another topical Philadelphia commission—Iman Habibi’s Jeder Baum spricht—a rhapsodic reflection on the climate crisis written in dialogue with Beethoven’s music. This Opening Night performance will be heard by listeners around the world, launching the eleventh annual Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series with a live radio broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York, also streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr.
The cycle continues on Wednesday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. with Maestro Nézet-Seguin and the Philadelphians returning for Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 4 and 6 (“Pastoral”).
The next concert in the cycle, on Tuesday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m., features Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 1, 7, and 8 presented alongside a new work by Carlos Simon. Inspired by a journal entry penned by Beethoven in 1815, Simon—a 2021 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient—wrote Fate Now Conquers, a series of musical gestures that represent fate’s unpredictability.
The orchestra and Mr. Nézet-Séguin return on Tuesday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m., pairing Beethoven’s Second and Third Symphony (“Eroica”) with Jessica Hunt’s Climb, a piece composed to celebrate Beethoven at 250, which draws inspiration from Beethoven’s own personal struggles and relates them to Hunt’s own experience living with chronic illness.
The cycle concludes on Tuesday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with soloists and chorus to be announced. Also on the program is Gabriela Lena Frank’s Pachamama Meets an Ode, composed in response to the First and Ninth symphonies and set to original text by the composer that imagines a meeting between Beethoven and his Peruvian contemporaries from the Cusco School of Painters, with implications for the current environmental crisis.

Additional Classical Concerts
In addition to the Beethoven symphony cycle performances, the following classical music concerts have just been announced on Carnegie Hall’s 2021–2022 season schedule: On Thursday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m., Orchestra of St. Luke’s returns to Carnegie Hall for an evening of beloved works under the leadership of Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie, one of the foremost interpreters of Baroque-era music. The orchestra’s program includes Charpentier’s Prelude to Te Deum in D Major, H. 146; Handel’s complete Water Music; and J. S. Bach’s An imaginary concerto for violin (with excerpts from the composer’s Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 and Sinfonia in D Major, BWV 1045) featuring violinist Benjamin Bowman.

Throughout the 2021–2022 season, Carnegie Hall audiences will enjoy six Weill Recital Hall performances by The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, featuring the stellar musicians of The MET Orchestra. Artists and programs for these performances will be announced later this fall. (See program listings below for complete schedule.)

Pop, Jazz, and Musical Theater
Three exciting performances have been added to Carnegie Hall’s pop, jazz, and musical theater offerings this fall: Angélique Kidjo takes to the Carnegie Hall stage on Friday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m. with a brand-new program that draws from her latest album, Mother Nature, written while in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. This one-of-a-kind evening—performed in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with special guests to be announced—is a rallying cry for our city and our planet, exploring the great importance of human beings to each other and to the natural world. Through a diverse blend of West African music, American R&B, jazz, and funk, Kidjo asks us to honor Mother Nature and pays timely tribute to the resilient New Yorkers who make our city thrive.
Following sold-out Zankel Hall shows in 2018 and 2019, historian John Monsky returns to Carnegie Hall with The Eyes of the World: From D-Day to VE Day in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Wednesday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. Through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway, LIFE magazine war photographer Robert Capa, and Vogue model-turned-photojournalist Lee Miller, Monsky tells the dramatic story of the final 11 months of World War II in Europe. Presented on the eve of Veterans Day, this musically driven, multimedia lecture tells the story of those who have served and sacrificed for our country, including the young men who landed on the beaches of Normandy and the all-Black 761st Tank Battalion. Ian Weinberger (Hamilton) conducts Orchestra of St. Luke’s in music from Saving Private Ryan to the works of Glenn Miller—all of which he arranged exclusively for this production.
Pedrito Martinez, the Cuban-born, New York-based composer, vocalist, bandleader, and virtuoso percussionist, returns to Zankel Hall with his band on Saturday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m., bringing their unique and irresistible intersection of Afro-Latin music with jazz and funk. In this special performance, Martinez and his band include elements of Yoruba—the religious music with which he is deeply connected—by incorporating bata drumming and the singing of Orisha chants that serve to call down and pay tribute to the deities.