From tonight to April 30, Carnegie Hall will present Voices of Hope, a free online music and art festival that will examine the resilience of artists, exploring the works they felt compelled to create despite – and often because of – appalling circumstances and human tragedy.
Over the course of two weeks, Carnegie Hall’s first-ever digital festival will explore this theme through more than 100 events., including digital programming presented by Carnegie Hall and over 40 leading cultural and academic institutions across New York City and beyond.
Anchoring Voices of Hope will be free, streaming musical performances presented nightly by Carnegie Hall, ranging from orchestral and chamber works to folk and jazz. The festival lineup will include performances by Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider, Jerusalem Quartet, Kinan Azmeh Cityband, Kronos Quartet, Ute Lemper, Jason Moran, Samora Pinderhughes, Jordi Savall, Somi, Third Coast Percussion / Movement Art Is, Davóne Tines and Jennifer Koh, as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.
These festival performances will feature music that inspires change and uplifts the human spirit, highlighting how artists have used their creativity to connect with others, helping them make sense of the world around them. The programs will show how artists have explored themes of war and conflict under oppressive regimes, the Holocaust, pressing social justice issues including systemic racism and police brutality, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Complementing Carnegie Hall’s evening music programming, each afternoon the Hall will broadcast a curated selection of free documentaries and filmed performances (also available for on-demand viewing via carnegiehall.org/voicesofhope through May 31 ), further exploring how the arts have been used as a tool for activism, resistance and solidarity.
Additionally, through programs created by the Weill Music Institute, the education and social impact arm of Carnegie Hall, songwriters of all ages from across the country have been invited to explore the Voices of Hope theme, the creation of new music to empower themselves and their communities in response to the world around them. A selection of over 20 of their songs will be featured during the festival in a special online presentation, In response, broadcast on Wednesday evening April 28, as part of the Learn with Carnegie Hall series.
Online and in-person programs created by more than 40 partner organizations will further expand the reach of Voices of Hope over the two weeks. This programming will include more than 60 events ranging from exhibitions and dance / theater performances to lectures and film screenings taking into account the capacity of humanity to show optimism, courage and strength in the face of the ‘unimaginable. Partners include the Brooklyn Public Library, Jazz at Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, St. Luke’s Orchestra, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and Sphinx Organization.
“With our Voices of Hope festival, we set out to create a special journey, inviting audiences to explore the inspiring role artists have played in some of the darkest chapters of our shared history – capturing stories or a moment in time and expressing hope , courage and endurance, ”said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. “The festival also reflects the world today and how, during the global pandemic, we continue to look to the arts and artists to provide us with the inspiration and resilience we so desperately need. “
Originally scheduled to present live and in-person performances from March to May 2021, Voices of Hope was redesigned as an online festival after Carnegie Hall was forced to shut down for an extended period due to COVID-19.
All Voices of Hope the programming presented by Carnegie Hall as well as most of the festival’s partner events will be offered free of charge. Carnegie Hall’s programming will air on carnegiehall.org/voicesofhope as well as the Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and will be available for on-demand viewing until May 31, 2021.