New Partnership Between Carnegie Hall and medici.tv Brings
First Live Webcasts of Carnegie Hall Concert Presentations,
with Free Streaming of Performances by Celebrated Artists:
Joyce DiDonato (Nov 4), Anne-Sophie Mutter (Nov 18),
Leonidas Kavakos/Yuja Wang (Nov 22) and Daniil Trifonov (Dec 9)
A new partnership between Carnegie Hall and medici.tv will make live webcasts of Carnegie Hall concert presentations available to audiences for the first time, showcasing performances by some of the world’s most celebrated artists. A series of four free webcasts via medici.tv from Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage begins on Tuesday November 4 at 8 p.m. EST with a recital by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and pianist David Zobel. DiDonato—one of the most beloved singers of her generation—will perform a program of Venetian and Venetian-themed songs and arias from the Baroque through the 20th century. The lineup continues on Tuesday November 18 at 8 p.m. with acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter leading The Mutter Virtuosi, in a program that includes the U.S. premiere of André Previn’s Violin Concerto No. 2 as well as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. On Saturday November 22 at 8 p.m., the dream team of violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang perform music by Schumann, Brahms, Respighi and Stravinsky. The series of webcasts from the historic venue culminates on Tuesday December 9 at 8 p.m. with young Russian piano virtuoso Daniil Trifonov in works by Bach (arranged by Liszt), Beethoven and Liszt. Following each live webcast, free replay of these concerts will be available to online audiences on medici.tv for another 90 days, playable worldwide on all internet-enabled devices, including smart phones, tablets, Chromecast, computers and smart TVs.
“Throughout its history, Carnegie Hall has been a place that has connected leading artists with passionate audiences seeking the very best in music,” said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. “We’re thrilled, through this new partnership with medici.tv, to be able to extend the reach of these extraordinary performances, sharing the magic of music-making at Carnegie Hall with an ever-growing circle of music lovers around the world.”
Hervé Boissière, Founder & Managing Director of medici.tv, says: “For music lovers around the world, Carnegie Hall is the hall of fame of classical music. Attending a concert in this legendary venue is a dream for many of them. Today, thanks to new technology, this dream becomes reality by allowing them to watch – live and free – a selection of the finest concerts of the season. Our mission and our passion is to bring artists to their audience. medici.tv is proud to inaugurate this partnership, a world premiere for this venerable hall.”
In a recent feature article in the New York Times, Michael Cooper described his compelling experience with medici.tv:
The closest thing to a classical Netflix may just be medici.tv, a website that was my ticket to the festivals at Verbier in Switzerland, Aix and Salzburg this summer. It offers webcasts of around 100 live performances a year; they are free when live, and for up to 90 days afterward.
Joyce DiDonato and David Zobel at Carnegie Hall, Nov 4, 8 p.m. EST
Joyce DiDonato’s Carnegie Hall recital with pianist David Zobel, titled “A Journey Through Venice,” traces a musical arc from arias by Vivaldi and Rossini to Venice-inspired songs by Fauré and Reynaldo Hahn. Also on the program is 20th-century British composer Michael Head’s Three Songs of Venice. The New York Times has described DiDonato’s art as “a model of singing,” with her effervescent joy in music communicated with every phrase.
Anne-Sophie Mutter and The Mutter Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall, Nov 18, 8 p.m. EST
One of the great musicians of our time, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is the soloist and leader of the Mutter Virtuosi, an ensemble of young students and professional string players who are alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. This Carnegie Hall program of daring string writing features the U.S. premiere of André Previn’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and concludes with The Four Seasons, Vivaldi’s set of violin concertos offering vivid depictions of bird song, summer storms, hunting horns, barking dogs and slippery ice.
Leonidas Kavakos & Yuja Wang at Carnegie Hall, Nov 22, 8 p.m. EST
The New York Times has praised violinist Leonidas Kavakos’s playing for its “balance of pyrotechnics and lyricism,” while the San Francisco Chronicle declared Yuja Wang “quite simply the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today.” At Carnegie Hall, the star duo will perform Schumann’s impassioned Violin Sonata No. 2 and Brahms’s lyrical Violin Sonata No. 2; also on the program is Stravinsky’s Suite italienne—a virtuoso arrangement of selections from Stravinsky’s ballet, Pulcinella, itself a pastiche of baroque dances attributed to Pergolesi at the time Stravinsky wrote the work—and Respighi’s lush late-Romantic Violin Sonata.
Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall, Dec 9, 8 p.m. EST
A sensation before he was 20, pianist Daniil Trifonov has proven that he is more than just a young phenomenon, including acclaimed performances on the Carnegie Hall stage. His latest Carnegie program includes works by Bach (arranged by Liszt), Beethoven and Liszt. About Trifonov’s Liszt, the Financial Times said: “It was in the Liszt…that he came into his own – a titanic performance, projected with a confidence and relish that masked the music’s ferocious technical challenges beneath a mastery of its tempestuous surges and swings of mood.” Audio recording for this webcast is provided by WQXR.
Since its official launch in May 2008, medici.tv has gained international recognition, bringing together a community of 200,000 music and arts lovers from 180 countries. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems (Chromecast, Airplay, Smart TVs), medici.tv offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play for Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on all mobile devices. In addition, more than 80 client universities around the world take advantage of medici.tv, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.
New partnerships includes the distribution of a selection of medici.tv content through major digital platforms including iTunes, Samsung, Amazon, Canal +, GVT in Brazil, and Shanghai Media Group, confirming medici.tv’s role as the leading digital provider and aggregator of audiovisual classical music programs worldwide.
In addition to webcasts of more than 100 live events each year, medici.tv has partnered with the world’s top artists and music institutions to offer subscriptions that give music lovers the opportunity to watch more than 1,400 video-on-demand programs. They include concerts, operas, recitals, documentaries, masterclasses, artist portraits and archival material by such legendary musicians as Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Georg Solti and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
About Carnegie Hall
Since 1891, New York City’s Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for excellence in performance as the aspirational destination for the world’s finest musicians and ensembles. Carnegie Hall presents a wide range of performances each season on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall, and innovative Zankel Hall—including concert series curated by distinguished artists and composers; citywide festivals featuring collaborations with leading New York cultural institutions; orchestral performances, chamber music, new music concerts, and recitals; and the best in jazz, world, and popular music.
Over the decades, Carnegie Hall has been the setting for numerous television and radio productions, including Leonard Bernstein’s famous Young People’s Concerts in the 1950s with the New York Philharmonic. Many Carnegie Hall concerts today are heard by listeners worldwide each season via the Carnegie Hall Live radio and digital broadcast series, created in partnership with WQXR. Performances from the Hall have also been broadcast periodically to national television audiences over the years on PBS’s Great Performances, produced by Thirteen for WNET. In addition, a seemingly endless list of acclaimed recordings, captured by leading artists of all genres performing on Carnegie Hall’s stages, have become an integral part of the Hall’s history.
Complementing these performance activities, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates extensive music education and community programs that annually serve close to 450,000 people in the New York City area, nationally, and internationally. As part of this work, WMI has long been a leader in utilizing technology to share Carnegie Hall programs, educational materials and professional development resources with teachers, students, and partner organizations around the globe.
medici.tv is produced by MUSEEC, in partnership with ROLEX and is supported by the European Community (MEDIA) and the CNC.
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