Carnegie Hall Citywide December 2018–January 2019 Calendar

The Carnegie Hall Citywide free concert series continues this winter with dynamic performances by violinist Lara St. John and pianist Matt Herskowitz at the Brooklyn Public Library, soul singer Deva Mahal at the Brooklyn Museum, jazz pianist Elio Villafranca at Harlem Stage, and South African singer Lorraine Klaasen at the Schomburg Center. The series, now in its 43rd year, brings leading artists and rising stars to all five boroughs of New York City.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Brooklyn Museum
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion

200 Eastern Parkway (at Washington Avenue) | Brooklyn

A rare combination of masterful songwriting and breathtaking vocal talent, Deva Mahal steps into the spotlight on her debut, Run Deep, an album of pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge. Taking inspiration from the idea of strength through vulnerability, Mahal connects with her audience with raw honesty, rich musicality, and emotionally searing songs of love and loss, and the power of the human spirit to overcome.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue (at 135th Street) | Manhattan

Cuban-born pianist Elio Villafranca’s brand of jazz excites with its virtuosity and pulsing Latin rhythms. Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition in Cuba. Since his 1995 arrival in the US, he has been among the foremost pianists, composers, and bandleaders. A Grammy Award nominee, Villafranca’s recordings have been praised in the jazz press. His debut album, Incantations Encantaciones, was selected as one of JazzTimes magazine’s 50 best albums of 2003.


Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center

10 Grand Army Plaza (at Flatbush Avenue) | Brooklyn

Called a “volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone” (Los Angeles Times), Lara St. John is equally at home with classical works, new music, folk, and beyond. She is joined by multifaceted pianist Matt Herskowitz, recognized for his jazz, world music, and free improvisation skills. The duo performs an eclectic program that features Debussy’s Violin Sonata (a work filled with verve and light), Milica Paranosic’s arrangement of the traditional Macedonian circle dance Čoček, Martin Kennedy’s spectacularly virtuosic and wildly raucous Czardashian Rhapsody, and much more.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Langston Hughes Auditorium

515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street) | Manhattan

Lorraine Klaasen is South African music royalty. The daughter of renowned jazz singer Thandi Klaasen, she honors the vibrant musical traditions that were born in the townships: the poor, racially segregated urban areas of South Africa’s apartheid era. Influenced by such South African legends as Miriam Makeba—the inspiration for her 2013 JUNO Award–winning tribute album—Klaasen makes the music her own with her impassioned singing and dynamic stage presence.

Please note that this event, originally scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 29.

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