NYC & COMPANY NAMES CARNEGIE HALL CULTURE SPOT FOR APRIL

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NYC & COMPANY NAMES CARNEGIE HALL CULTURE SPOT FOR APRIL

—New York City’s Historic Concert Venue Invites Visitors With 30-Day Special Offer—

New York City (March 30, 2012)—NYC & Company, New York City's marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today named Carnegie Hall its Culture Spot for April. Culture Spot is a monthly program that highlights arts and cultural organizations across the five boroughs and encourages local and visitor exploration. One of the most prestigious concert venues in the world, Andrew Carnegie’s Carnegie Hall serves as home to hundreds of performances of classical and popular music each season. Built in 1891, the world-renowned hall has hosted more than 46,000 events on its three stages with programs featuring  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Ike and Tina Turner, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and, most recently, Jay-Z. To celebrate its Culture Spot designation, from April 1 to 30, Carnegie Hall will offer visitors 15% off tickets to Carnegie Hall–presented concerts and 2-for-1 admission to their historic tours.

“Carnegie Hall has fulfilled the dreams of thousands of performers, from the emerging artist to the world famous,” said Annie Bergen, vice president of Arts and Cultural Programs at NYC & Company. “Those artists have charmed audiences for over a hundred years and helped established Carnegie Hall as the must-see destination for high quality entertainment. NYC & Company is delighted to name this legendary concert hall our Culture Spot for April, and we invite everyone to take advantage of the concert and tour offer this month.”

The month of April will feature daily recitals from ensembles, orchestras, choirs and more at Carnegie Hall. Highlights each week include:

-     Vocalist Ute Lemper will join the Vogler Quartet and pianist and clarinetist Stefan Malzew on Thursday, April 5, at 7:30pm to perform works by Eisler, Weill, Brel and Piazzolla.

-     Music director Steven Reineke and The New York Pops, together with Essential Voices USA under the direction of Judith Clurman, will perform at 8pm on Friday, April 13. The program, entitled Hollywood Award Winners, will feature music from Doctor Zhivago, Out of Africa, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings, and pay tribute to the 80th birthday of John Williams with Oscar–winning music from Jaws, Star Wars, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List.

-     On Saturday, April 14, at 12:30pm and 3:30pm, The New York Pops, Steven Reineke, and Essential Voices USA will return with special guest John Tartaglia for two performances of a Carnegie Hall Family Concert paying tribute to Jim Henson’s legacy through song and puppetry entitled Jim Henson’s Musical World, written by Craig Shemin.

-     Violinist Itzhak Perlman will join the European Union Youth Orchestra led by music director Vladimir Ashkenazy for a performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major on Wednesday, April 18, at 8pm during a program that will include Copland’s An Outdoor Adventure and Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie.

-     On Tuesday, April 24, at 8pm, Carnegie Hall will present The Sound of Music and its timeless score by Rodgers and Hammerstein with a special one-night gala benefit featuring Laura Osnes as Maria Rainer, and Tony Goldwyn as Captain Georg von Trapp. Additional cast members will include Broadway and film/television actress Brooke Shields as Elsa Schräder, Patrick Page as Max Detweiler, and Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the Mother Abbess. Gary Griffin will direct the concert performance with Rob Fisher as musical director conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

To take advantage of Carnegie Hall’s limited time visitor offers, patrons can pick up a discount coupon between April 1 to 30 at the Official NYC Information Centers located in Midtown Manhattan, Times Square and Harlem, or the Official NYC Information Kiosks at City Hall and in Chinatown (nycgo.com/articles/official-nyc-information-centers); the coupon can also be downloaded from nycgo.com/culturespot starting April 1.

To celebrate the month’s Culture Spot pick, Annie Bergen will host a special podcast with Carnegie Hall archivist Gino Francesconi. Trivia questions about the interview will be asked over Twitter (@nycgo) each week in April for a chance to win the book Carnegie Hall Treasures. To listen to the podcast and learn more about the Culture Spot program, visit nycgo.com/culturespot.

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About Carnegie Hall:
Since it was built by steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891, New York City’s Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence. Every form of music has filled Carnegie Hall throughout its history.  Carnegie Hall continues this tradition today, presenting hundreds of exceptional musical performances on its three stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the intimate Weill Recital Hall, and the innovative Zankel Hall—ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music. Broad-reaching music education and community programs for all ages created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, along with online educational initiatives, serve more than 350,000 people in New York, across the US, and around the world. For more information on Carnegie Hall and its history, please visit carnegiehall.org/history.

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com.

About the NYC & Company Foundation:
The NYC & Company Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization whose mission is to support tourism to New York City by promoting the arts and cultural organizations that make visiting New York City a special and exciting experience. Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has focused on educating domestic and international audiences about the vibrant and diverse cultural community throughout New York City.

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Contact:  Francisca Ovalle/NYC & Company     212 484 1270