Founded in 1978, the Orchestra of St. Luke's has earned a reputation as one of America's foremost chamber orchestras. At Carnegie Hall, conductor David Zinman leads the ensemble in a program that contrasts the music of 20th-century Polish composer Henryk Gorecki with the 18th-century genius of Mozart.
In 1998, singer Rokia Traoré hit the international music scene with a unique blend of modern sounds and traditional roots. Since then, the Malian chanteuse and songwriter has gained a devoted worldwide following. She performs songs from her latest CD, Bowmboï, at Zankel Hall.
Jazz guitarist and band leader Bill Frisell is the focus of our third show. The former "house guitarist" for pioneering German modern jazz label ECM, Frisell has worked with artists as varied as Elvis Costello, John Zorn and classical composer Gavin Bryars.
Critics call her "alluring" and "utterly enchanting." At Carnegie Hall, Sam Phillips delights her audience with her own songs of love and heartbreak. The Section String Quartet and Phillips' own band join her in an unplugged performance.