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2005 Show Schedule

Air days, dates and times will vary widely across the country -- consult you local NPR member station for information in your area.


Jan. 1, 2
John Adams
Creators at Carnegie profiles the award-winning American composer.

Jan. 8, 9
Randy Newman
Since releasing his first album in 1968, Newman's career has taken him from pop chart success to Oscar nominations. His latest CD is The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1.

Jan. 15, 16
Bill Frisell
Jazz guitarist and band leader Bill Frisell is the focus of this episode of Creators. 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.

Jan. 22, 23
Kronos Quartet
The Kronos Quartet is known for its unique artistic vision and dedication to experimentation. Since its inception in 1973, the quartet has assembled a body of work unparalleled in its range and scope of expression.

Jan. 29, 30
Youssou N'Dour
Senegal's Youssou N'Dour is one of the most successful and original African pop singers of all time. The set list for this high-energy concert includes some of N'Dour's best material, including "Shaking the Tree" and "Birima."

Feb. 5, 6
Emmylou Harris
One of country music's most beloved performers, Emmylou Harris, performs with her touring band Spyboy. She's also joined on several numbers by singers Julie Miller, Patty Griffin, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

Feb. 12, 13
Dawn Upshaw
One of the world's most beloved and admired sopranos, Dawn Upshaw has a way with complex modern works and also the tuneful melodies of classic American composers like Stephen Foster and William.

Feb. 19, 20
Taraf de Haidouks
Get ready for some high-energy hijinx from this 11-member Romanian Gypsy group. The band was discovered by two Belgian world music fanatics in 1989 in the rural town of Cjelani, 25 miles outside of Bucharest.

Feb. 26, 27
Caetano Veloso/David Byrne
Legendary Brazilian songwriter and musician Caetano Veloso, often called the "Bob Dylan of Brazil," is joined on the Zankel Hall stage by Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne. Veloso's version of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" is a high point.

March 5, 6
Gidon Kremer
Renowned Latvian-born violinist Gidon Kremer has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. His Kremerata Musica quartet plays an all-Shostakovich program in Carnegie's Zankel Hall.

March 12, 13
Audra McDonald
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald debuts her new song cycle, "The Seven Deadly Sins," and sings a few of her favorites from the American popular songbook live onstage at Carengie's Zankel Hall.

March 19, 20
Emmylou Harris and Friends
Hear music from a week of Zankel Hall concerts dedicated to friends of Emmylou Harris, including Patty Griffin, husband-and-wife songwriters Buddy and Julie Miller, guitarist Steve Earle (pictured), and singing siblings Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

March 26, 27
Dawn Upshaw/Australian Chamber Orchestra
The lyric soprano performs music from Bach and Bartok with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Feb. 4 and April 2, 3
Sam Phillips
Critics call her "alluring" and "utterly enchanting." At Carnegie Hall, Sam Phillips delights her audience with her own songs of love and heartbreak. She performs unplugged, for the most part, backed by her own band and the Section String Quartet.

March 4 and April 9, 10
Rokia Traoré
Born in Mali, living in Paris, Rokia Traoré has developed her own internatially-acclaimed style. She's been called an African Joan Baez. Accompanied by spare African instruments in unusual combinations, her voice is intimate at first, but by the end of the show at Zankel Hall, she has the entire audience dancing.

April 1, 16, 17
Orchestra of St. Luke's/Dawn Upshaw
The acclaimed chamber orchestra invites conductor David Zinman to conduct a gorgeous program that includes the transcendent Pieces in the Old Style by Polish composer Henryk Gorecki. Also on stage, Dawn Upshaw lends her glorious soprano to a Mozart aria, before the orchestra performs an excerpt of Mozart's Linz Symphony.

April 23, 24 and May 6
Joshua Redman
The jazz saxophonist with a sunny pop sensibility has been the darling of jazz critics for more than a decade. At Zankel Hall he performs in a trio with new collaborators -- bassist Reuben Rogers and percussionist Ali Jackson, Jr. On stage, they perform surprising renditions of popular tunes, including "Surrey with a Fringe on Top" and let us eavesdrop on songs that are evolving collaborations, songs that have yet to be named.

Apr 30, May 1 and June 3
John Adams: Making Music
Four recent compositions by America's most popular contemporary composer, performed at Zankel Hall.

May 7, 8 and July 1
Magnetic Fields
The band started as a cult phenomenon, but Magnetic Fields singer Stephin Merritt has taken the group beyond its indie beginnings in Manhattan's Lower East Side. As one critic noted, Merritt balances "heart-on-sleeve emotion with audacious, barbed wit like nobody else." His songs, which spin out small, irony-filled worlds of their own, have been compared to those of Cole Porter. At Zankel Hall, Merritt plays the ukelele, and his bandmates accompany him on the cello, guitar and piano.

May 14, 15 and Aug. 5
Orchestra Baobab
A few years ago, the man behind the Buena Vista Social Club, Nick Gold, approached a group of Senegalese musicians he was crazy about -- the members of Orchestra Baobab. In the 1970s and 80s they were the masters of Afro-Cuban music. Gold convinced them to get back on the road and now they're more successful than ever, melding salsa rhythms with African beats on stage at Carnegie Hall

May 21, 22 and Sept. 2
Fred Hersh Takes on Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass'
Pianist Fred Hersh has composed his own jazz-infused arrangement of texts from Walt Whitman's exultant poem. We take you to Zankel Hall for the New York premiere featuring the Fred Hersh ensemble and singers Kate McGarry and Kurt Elling.

May 28, 29 and Oct. 7
k.d. lang/Brooklyn Philharmonic
In this gorgeous performance from the main stage at Carnegie Hall, k.d. lang sings torch song standards and some of her favorite songs by Canadians like Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Jane Siberry.

June 4, 5 and Nov. 4
Richard Goode
One of the premiere pianists performing today gives a solo recital at Carnegie Hall that includes music by Bach, Beethoven and Debussy.

June 11, 12 and Dec. 2
Paul Newman Narrates the 'Lincoln Portrait'
The St. Louis Symphony, conductor David Robinson and pianist Orli Shaham perform a concert of American music, including Aaron Copland's beloved Lincoln Portrait. Also on the program, Century Rolls, by the composer many consider Aaron Copland's musical successor: John Adams.

June 18, 19
Brian Wilson's 'SMILE'
Nominated for a Grammy Award and a top contender on countless top ten lists, former Beach Boy Brian Wilson's album-length pop symphony SMILE was a popular favorite of 2004. We have a live performance of SMILE from Carnegie Hall-the only radio broadcast of the ambitious piece, which Wilson originally wrote more than three decades ago.

June 25, 26 and Jan. 6, 2006
Brad Mehldau with Renée Fleming
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau joins with reigning American Mezzo-soprano Renée Fleming for a concert of surprises, including a brand new commission from Carnegie Hall.