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Gateways Music Festival orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall - NOW Live from WQXR

Composer & pianist Jon Batiste, in a suit of gold sequins, sits at the grand piano on the stage of Carnegie Hall in front of the Gateways Music Festival orchestra
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Jon Batiste performs in the Gateways Music Festival debut at Carnegie Hall, April 24, 2022

The April 2022 Gateways Music Festival debut performance at Carnegie Hall with composer Jon Batiste is now available to stream from WQXR.

Program notes courtesy of Carnegie Hall.

Founded in 1993, the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra celebrates the contributions of classical musicians of African descent, bringing together professionals from leading orchestras across the country to perform and inspire communities through the power of music. Hear this marvelous orchestra make its Carnegie Hall debut in a performance of works by Brahms, G. Walker, and Price, along with James V. Cockerham’s vibrant Fantasia on “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The excitement level is raised even higher when Perspectives artist Jon Batiste joins them for the world premiere of his new work. This year, Batiste was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards and took home five, the most of any artist that night, including Album of the Year for FREEDOM.

Hosted by John Schaefer and Jeff Spurgeon.

Gateways Music Festival Orchestra
Anthony Parnther, conductor
Jon Batiste, piano

Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-flat Major, Op. 56a
George Walker: Sinfonia No. 3
Jon Batiste: I Can (World Premiere; orch. Matt Wong)
Florence Price: Symphony No. 3
James V. Cockerham: Fantasia on "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

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