The 13-part series — featuring an eclectic array of performers — will take listeners inside Carnegie Hall for concerts from the inaugural season of the new performance space Zankel Hall. The programs will be selected from the new Nonesuch at Carnegie series, which features artists signed to the Nonesuch label. Among the performers to be featured include three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, soprano Dawn Upshaw, singer-songwriter Randy Newman and country favorite Emmylou Harris. In a statement, NPR director of music Benjamin Roe said, "This genre busting series will present some of today's most adventurous and compelling artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, country and world music, as they perform in America's premier concert venue. Many of these artists have already been featured on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines and music programs. Creators at Carnegie gives us the opportunity to focus on their artistic excellence in a longer form."
The series kicks off Jan. 2 with John Adams and will include excerpts from Adams' Zankel Hall concert as well as a selection of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer's works and an interview with him about his creative process. Randy Newman will be featured Feb. 6; a different artist will then be presented the first Friday of every month.
For more information about Creators at Carnegie, visit www.npr.org/programs/creators/where.html.