Cécile McLorin Salvant Named Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist for 2024–25

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Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has just been nominated for the Deutscher Jazzpreis for International Live Act of the Year, has been named a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist for the 2024–25 concert season. She will lead four performances: a small-group show, a duo set with Sullivan Fortner, a full-orchestra concert with The Knights featuring new arrangements by Darcy James Argue, and her multimedia theatrical piece Ogresse conducted by Argue. 

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Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has just been nominated for the Deutscher Jazzpreis for International Live Act of the Year, has been named a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist for the historic New York City venue’s 2024–25 concert season. She will lead four performances throughout the season, including a small-group show, a duo set, a full-orchestra concert, and her multimedia theatrical piece Ogresse.

“I typically see what I do musically as just singing songs,” Salvant says in a video about her Perspectives series you can watch below. “For me it’s more about how compelling the song is to me, and they’re all stories and characters that I like to go in and out of. And I’m trying to step into that space also when I think about different mediums, different disciplines of art. As the years have gone by, I’ve tried to bring everything together in the work that I do.”

The first event, a small-group performance, takes place Saturday, November 16, 2024, in Zankel Hall. The program includes a variety of original works, standards, and some unexpected hidden gems.

On Friday, December 13, Salvant is joined by pianist Sullivan Fortner for a duo concert in Zankel Hall. “With every performance, they make a vast range of repertoire come alive in new ways,” Carnegie Hall says of the duo: “breathtaking, others exceedingly subtle.”

The new year brings a new collaboration for Salvant, with the orchestra The Knights and conductor Eric Jacobsen, in a new venue, Stern Auditorium, on Thursday, March 27, 2025. The program, An Evening with Cécile McLorin Salvant, features jazz ballads newly arranged for the orchestra by her Nonesuch label mate Darcy James Argue.

The culminating event of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Perspectives is a performance of her theatrical tour-de-force Ogresse in Zankel Hall on Wednesday, May 21, 2025. Described as “staggeringly original” by the Wall Street Journal, Ogresse that blends jazz, chamber music, opera, art song, and many generations of storytelling traditions. Featuring Salvant’s original libretto, costumes of her own design, visual projections, and an ensemble led by Darcy James Argue, this passion project that continues to evolve with each performance.

For more on these concerts and the rest of the Carnegie Hall 2024–25 series, including Kronos Quartet's return to Zankel Hall on Friday, March 28, 2025, visit carnegiehall.org.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant: Carnegie Hall Perspectives 2024–25
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    Cécile McLorin Salvant Named Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist for 2024–25
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    Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has just been nominated for the Deutscher Jazzpreis for International Live Act of the Year, has been named a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist for the historic New York City venue’s 2024–25 concert season. She will lead four performances throughout the season, including a small-group show, a duo set, a full-orchestra concert, and her multimedia theatrical piece Ogresse.

    “I typically see what I do musically as just singing songs,” Salvant says in a video about her Perspectives series you can watch below. “For me it’s more about how compelling the song is to me, and they’re all stories and characters that I like to go in and out of. And I’m trying to step into that space also when I think about different mediums, different disciplines of art. As the years have gone by, I’ve tried to bring everything together in the work that I do.”

    The first event, a small-group performance, takes place Saturday, November 16, 2024, in Zankel Hall. The program includes a variety of original works, standards, and some unexpected hidden gems.

    On Friday, December 13, Salvant is joined by pianist Sullivan Fortner for a duo concert in Zankel Hall. “With every performance, they make a vast range of repertoire come alive in new ways,” Carnegie Hall says of the duo: “breathtaking, others exceedingly subtle.”

    The new year brings a new collaboration for Salvant, with the orchestra The Knights and conductor Eric Jacobsen, in a new venue, Stern Auditorium, on Thursday, March 27, 2025. The program, An Evening with Cécile McLorin Salvant, features jazz ballads newly arranged for the orchestra by her Nonesuch label mate Darcy James Argue.

    The culminating event of Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Perspectives is a performance of her theatrical tour-de-force Ogresse in Zankel Hall on Wednesday, May 21, 2025. Described as “staggeringly original” by the Wall Street Journal, Ogresse that blends jazz, chamber music, opera, art song, and many generations of storytelling traditions. Featuring Salvant’s original libretto, costumes of her own design, visual projections, and an ensemble led by Darcy James Argue, this passion project that continues to evolve with each performance.

    For more on these concerts and the rest of the Carnegie Hall 2024–25 series, including Kronos Quartet's return to Zankel Hall on Friday, March 28, 2025, visit carnegiehall.org.

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