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Evening Music's BEST OF Festival

Join us as we remember the best in Evening Music programming from the past year. Hosts David Garland and Nadia Sirota help recreate in-studio performances, exclusive specials, and live broadcasts from Carnegie Hall, the Beacon Theatre, Lincoln Center, Town Hall and our own new Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

Look below to see the complete schedule of events / Every night at 8pm from Monday, August 24th through Sunday, August 30th.

Thelonious Monk

Monk at Town Hall
MONDAY August 24th, 2009 at 8pm

On the 50th anniversary of Thelonious Monk's seminal 1959 orchestra performance at Town Hall, bandleader Charles Tolliver celebrates with a recreation of that legendary event. WNYC carries the entire concert live, with Evening Music host Terrance McKnight and writer Sam Stephenson, director of the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Originally broadcast February 2nd, 2009.

Hear the entire concert and interview »

Leonard Bernstein

Our Lenny's American Songbook
TUESDAY August 25th, 2009 at 8pm

Host Nadia Sirota looks back on some of the music performed during Our Lenny's American Songbook show co-hosted by Jonathan Schwartz and Terrance McKnight. This tribute to New York icon Leonard Bernstein welcomes a star-studded lineup of Broadway luminaries to the studio to share their stories and perform live. Guests include performers Marni Nixon, Stephen Bogardus, Liz Callaway, Judy Blazer, and pianist/music director Alex Rybeck. Originally broadcast September 25th, 2008.

More from Schwartz and McKnight's American Songbook »
More from Our Lenny »
More on the recent passing of Bernstein's lifelong colleague and friend, Lukas Foss »

Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter @ 100
WEDNESDAY August 26th, 2009 at 8pm

Born 100 years ago, composer Elliott Carter was not only an important musical presence for most of the last century, but is still churning out captivating works for the present one. Overnight Music host and contemporary music performer Nadia Sirota joins Terrance McKnight for a special tribute: from the tuneful early works through the Pulitzer Prize-winning String Quartets, we trace the emergence and development of Carter's innovative compositional techniques. Fred Sherry also performs the world premiere of Elegy, a piece for cello and piano dedicated to him by Carter himself. Originally broadcast December 11th, 2008.

Hear the entire show and Elegy »

Alice Tully Hall

Alice Tully Hall Live Reopening
THURSDAY August 27th, 2009 at 8pm

WNYC brings you an exclusive backstage perspective, as Terrance McKnight and American Public Media's Fred Child co-host the opening night concert of Lincoln Center's newly renovated Alice Tully Hall. In a program that ranges from 15th-century Sephardic music to works by Bach and Golijov, the performance features the celebrated viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, soprano Montserrat Figueras, pianist Leon Fleisher, cellist Maya Beiser, the Brentano String Quartet, members of The Chamber Music Society, and conductor David Robertson leading the Juilliard Orchestra. Originally broadcast February 22nd, 2009.

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Greene Space

BEST OF Evening Music: Live from the Greene Space
FRIDAY August 28th, 2009 at 8pm

Host David Garland chooses his favorite moments from the three live Evening Music broadcasts from WNYC's new street-level Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. We started on April 30th with four hours of music from some of the city's brightest lights in the classical, contemporary and new music scenes. As the culmination to our yearly American Music Festival, we shared world premieres of our New American Commissions. And in July, we celebrated the 85th anniversary of WNYC with musical luminaries from the past and present.

More from Evening Music's Greene Space Opening »

More from the New Americans concert »

More from the 85th Anniversary Bash »

Carnegie Hall

BEST OF Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Live from Carnegie Hall
SATURDAY August 29th, 2009 at 8pm

Throughout the year, Evening Music brings you the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra one of the world's premiere orchestral ensembles, live in concert from Carnegie Hall. With hosts David Garland, Terrance McKnight and John Schaefer, we've shared world premieres, such as the New Brandenburg Commissions (featured during Evening Music's BACHanalia 2009) by composers Christopher Theofanidis, Paul Moravec and Melinda Wagner; interviews with noted composers and interpreters, such as Ned Rorem and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; stirring renditions of the classical canon; and adventurous forays into new sounds, such as Ravi Shankar's Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra, performed by his daughter Anoushka.

More from all five of the Orpheus live broadcasts »

May 11th, 2009: Ned Rorem and Susan Graham

March 21st, 2009: Melinda Wagner and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

January 31st, 2009: Anoushka Shankar

October 16th, 2008: Paul Moravec and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

December 8th, 2007: Christopher Theofanidis and Christian Zacharias

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen Live from the Beacon Theatre
SUNDAY August 30th, 2009 at 8pm

*Audio for this concert is unavailable for streaming due to a previous agreement with the label.*

On February 19th, legendary singer, poet, and songwriter Leonard Cohen performed in front of a U.S. audience for the first time in 15 years. WNYC and NPR Music present Cohen's triumphant return, recorded live at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan and hosted by All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen. Originally broadcast March 7th, 2009.

More from WNYC »
More from NPR's All Songs Considered »

Wordless Music

Wordless Music Series
MONDAY-THURSDAY, August 24th-27th, 2009 at 10pm

The Wordless Music Series pairs rock and electronic musicians with more traditional chamber and new music performers, to create an entirely new concert experience. WNYC presents four one-hour specials that highlight the ground-breaking '07-'08 season, hosted by Radio Lab's Jad Abumrad.

Hear the unedited Wordless Music concerts from WNYC's past season »

Episode One: David Lang and Mihailova/Electrik Company/Do Make Say Think/Greenwood

Episode Two: Meredith Monk and Jacobsen & Mihailova/Fischer/Perri

Episode Three: Zach Condon and Hauschka/Beruit/Fifth Veil

Episode Four: Brad Lubman and the Wordless Music Orchestra/Torngat