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Carnegie Hall Live

Seasonal, 8 to 10 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, WITH-FM/HD 90.1-2 and online at

Carnegie Hall Live is a 13-week series that presents highlights and conversations with some of the world’s best performers and ensembles  in this specially-curated series from the Live! season.  Produced by WQXR.

Although many performing arts organizations had to close down their seasons and their concert halls, WQXR presents 7 concerts from the abbreviated ’19-’20 season and 6 archival concerts. Highlights include the Opening Night Gala with the Cleveland Orchestra and soloists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yefim Bronfman and Lynn Harrell (who passed away April 2020), the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons, the Munich Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra of the USA with guest soloist mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. 

A new season of "live" concerts from Carnegie Hall begins with the Opening Night Gala that featured the Cleveland Orchestra and guest violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and cellist Lynn Harrell, in one of his final performances before his passing in April 2020. Franz Welser-Möst conducts.

We'll hear Yannick Nézet-Séguin as he conducts the Phildelphia Orchestra at Carnegia Hall on the 9/17 broadcast.

9/3       Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances Traditional: Hungarian Peasant Songs Bartók: Hungarian Peasant  Songs Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (Márta Sebestyén, vocal; Ildikó Komlósi, ms; Krisztián Cser, bs; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer, cond)

Live from Carnegie Hall, August 2019

Jul 31, 2019

8/6        Connesson: Eiréné (NY Premiere) Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, p; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Daniel Harding, cond)

Broadway World

Powerhouses Renée Fleming and Audra McDonald team up with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas to open the 2018-2019 season of Carnegie Hall Live concerts. Tuesdays at 8pm

William Tell Overture - Carnegie Hall LIVE - July 2018

Jun 30, 2018

William Tell, an opera by Rossini, premiered in 1829 and was the last of his 39 operas. Rossini then went into semi-retirement, but continued to compose smaller works. Tune in to hear the famous and beloved William Tell Overture on July 17th! 

7/3        Mendelssohn: Fantasia Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 Brahms: Klavierstücke, Seven Fantasies Bach: English Suite No. 6 (Sir András Schiff, p)

Broadway World

Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Collaborate for Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Memorial Concert.

6/5       Brahms:  Ballade No. 1 and 2 Schumann:  Kreisleriana Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 28, Hammerklavier Schubert/Liszt: Gretchen am Spinnrade Bizet/Horowitz: Variations on a Theme from Carmen Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 Chopin:  Waltz Op. 64 (Yuja Wang, p)

Maxim Lando

5/1       Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala Bernstein: On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Lang Lang, Chick Corea and Maxim Lando, p; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, cond)

5/8       L’Arpeggiata performs arias by Rossi, Cazzati, Sances and Allegri (Céline Scheen, s; Giuseppina Bridelli, ms; Christina Pluhar, Artistic Director)

Carnegie Hall Live wraps up its sixth season on July 5th

Jun 29, 2017

​The last in a 13-week series from the 2016-2017 season: Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI - Le Concert des Nations  Music by Damaskinos, Marcabru, Dufay, Janequin, Wallaert, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Mozart, Marchant, Hasse and more.

May 2017 programs on Carnegie Hall Live

Apr 27, 2017

"Each summer, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brings together the brightest young players from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.  Following a comprehensive audition process and a three-week training residency, with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world to serve as dynamic music ambassadors".  To read more about the 2017 group and their concert schedule, click here!