Carnegie Hall Announces Rosanne Cash as Perspectives Artist for 2015-2016 Season

Rosanne Cash
Carnegie Hall

Singer-Songwriter Rosanne Cash to Curate Four-Concert Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall During 2015-2016 Season

Series Kicks Off in October 2015, Celebrates Southern Roots Music and Features Performances by The Time Jumpers; Ry Cooder / Sharon White / Ricky Skaggs; and St. Paul and The Broken Bones

As part of its 2015–2016 season announcement, Carnegie Hall today shared that singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will curate a four-concert Perspectives series at the Hall beginning in October 2015. Throughout the series, Cash will offer concerts that represent rich and disparate elements of American roots music, from traditional bluegrass to country and soul music, and from Western swing to hardscrabble, virtuosic folk music. Featuring some of the greatest artists working in these fields, the concerts are a celebration of the thread of Southern roots music, showcasing a soulful and quintessentially American cultural form.

Cash’s Perspectives series will begin on Saturday, October 24 when she hosts a performance by The Time Jumpers, an 11-piece, four-time Grammy Award-nominated band comprising legendary veterans of the Nashville music scene in Zankel Hall. On Saturday, November 14, Cash brings together master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs for an extraordinarily rare performance in Zankel Hall, exploring traditional blues, gospel, and bluegrass. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the most pristine voices in Southern music, with Joachim Cooder on drums and Mark Fain on bass. On Friday, January 15, Cash hosts the Alabama-based soul septet St. Paul and The Broken Bones, also in Zankel Hall. She concludes her Perspectives with a performance on Saturday, February 20 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, featuring songs from her critically lauded album The River & The Thread––a collaboration with her partner, producer, and co-writer John Leventhal that musically, narratively, spiritually, and geographically explores the American South. Special guests for this final performance are yet to be announced.

About the Artist
Rosanne Cash is one of America’s preeminent performing songwriters. A Grammy Award–winning singer and composer, she has recorded 15 albums and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts. She is the author of a best-selling memoir, Composed, and a prolific writer and speaker. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York magazine, and the Oxford American, among others. Cash first performed at Carnegie Hall in 1994. She returned for a solo Zankel Hall performance in 2006 as part of the WFUV Live at Zankel series and appeared in 2007 as part of an all-star Rainforest Foundation Fund Benefit Concert.

Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives
Now in its 16th season, Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles.

Previous Perspectives artists have included Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’Dour; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; and singer-songwriter James Taylor; as well as conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Robertson; violinists Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Maurizio Pollini, Andras Schiff, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; sopranos Renee Fleming and Dawn Upshaw; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata; During the 2014–2015 season, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato also presents a Perspectives series.

Program Information
Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 pm
Zankel Hall
Hosted by Rosanne Cash

Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
Ry Cooder
Sharon White
Ricky Skaggs
Joachim Cooder
Mark Fain
Hosted by Rosanne Cash

Friday, January 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Zankel Hall
Hosted by Rosanne Cash

Saturday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Special guests to be announced