Kenny Seymour (Music Supervisor/Music Director/Arranger for Carnegie Hall's : ”A Time Like This: Music for Change")
In the ’60s, young people started movements focused on equal rights, economic empowerment, peace, and their own place in the world. Today, the next generation continues to use music to bring people together and fight for change. In this concert, young performers from the Weill Music Institute’s programs share the stage with celebrated artists of our time to share music that empowers, encourages, and inspires. The program will include songs from the ’60s alongside new works by New Yorkers of all ages.
As part of Carnegie Hall's The '60s: The Years that Changed America festival, the Weill Music Institute (WMI) is launching A Time Like This: Music for Change, a citywide creative learning project that encourages young people to harness music as a meaningful tool for social change.
Participants in Carnegie Hall's wide range of education and social impact programs will have the opportunity to share their stories and write new music through songwriting projects in a variety of settings, including New York public schools, Carnegie Hall's Resnick Education Wing, and other sites across the city.
The project culminates in a dynamic event in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. that will feature young performers sharing the stage with celebrated artists, including music supervisor/director/arranger Kenny Seymour & poet/emcee Lemon Andersen. The concert will include songs from the '60s that anchor, encourage, and inspire the newly composed songs on the program.
A Time Like This: Music for Change celebrates and builds off of nine years of Carnegie Hall's partnership with city and state agencies to offer songwriting workshops in hospitals, homeless shelters, schools, and justice settings that are designed to have a powerful impact on participants' daily lives. More than 500 songs are written each season, many of which are available for listening at carnegiehall.org/OurSongs and carnegiehall.org/Lullabies.
The concert on March 11, 2018 will showcase newly-written pieces from this rich body of music on Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage for the very first time. The performance also kicks off the third Create Justice forum, a national initiative led by Carnegie Hall and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network that focuses on the intersection of arts and juvenile justice reform.