- $10 for One ticket to see Shawnee Press: Celebrating 75 Years in Music (up to $20 value)
- When: Monday, February 17, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Carnegie Hall
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Seating: parquet level
- Click here to view the program<p>
Shawnee Press: Celebrating 75 Years in Music
For more than 75 years, Shawnee Press has collected some of the finest arrangements and compositions, growing to become one of the world’s largest music publishers. To celebrate its achievements in competitive treble-clef printing, Distinguished Concerts International New York called together a group of composers and conductors—all of whom have contributed to Shawnee’s tremendous catalog of orchestral and choral arrangements. The Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International perform some of the catalogue’s most soaring pieces, including a stirring arrangement that combines Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” with the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” Paul Simon’s immortal “Bridge Over Troubled Water” also makes an appearance, readying audiences for the finale: a Joseph Martin arrangement of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” Conductors include Martin, ASCAP-winner Greg Gilpin, church composer-conductor Mark Hayes, and Tim Seelig, the artist director and conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir.<p>
Among the world’s most storied venues, Carnegie Hall has hosted the finest performers since philanthropist Andrew Carnegie founded it more than 120 years ago. Finished in 1891, the structure was planned just before the advent of steel-frame construction, necessitating a solid masonry design that insulates its halls from outside noise and lends the exterior its red-brick charm. The hall’s architects traveled to Europe during the planning stages, carefully noting the acoustic qualities of the continent’s best venues while finding themselves put off by the overwrought baroque stylings of many of the buildings. The resultant design eschews flowery ornamentation for a spare, elegant Italian Renaissance style, coupled with peerless sonic resonance. The Hall’s centerpiece—the historic Perelman Stage—is renowned for its acoustics and Italian design rife with white walls, gold fixtures, and graffiti tags from Michelangelo.