“Charles, a chronicler of New York life and culture, blends the city’s rich history with music imagery and performance art and captures the vibrant and unique experience that is New York City.” Author and Historian Peter Quinn
From the time I was a young boy growing up in New York, I was fascinated by the connection between, music, imagery and history. Pure and simple…that’s my passion. Now I am bringing this passion forward through personal recollections, anecdotes and stories of the artists and musical geniuses who have intertwined the history of Carnegie Hall with the history of New York, making Carnegie one of the world’s most prestigious venues.
I know some of you have purchased tickets, but if you haven’t or if you’d like one or two more there are eight seats left. https://bit.ly/2ODqsjL
I hope you can join Seunghee Lee (Sunny), Clare Maloney, Robert Anthony Mack, Jiin Yang, Baron Fenwick and me for an evening of entertainment and conviviality at “the cell,” on December 13, 7:30pm.
Thank you for your support,
Carnegie Hall’s first public concert was performed on May 5, 1891. Fifty years later they featured the man whom the Hall was named for and the person most responsible for bringing the Hall into existence, Andrew Carnegie.
Here’s what the Golden Anniversary cover of the program looked like, including the musical program of December 3rd, 1940, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. I also notice that my good friend Joe McElligott’s grand uncle, Fire Commissioner John J. McElligott’s “Fire Notice” is included in the program.
A few years earlier, in 1937, my grandfather Charles F. Hale, a member of the FDNY, received an award for bravery at City Hall. It was handed to him by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and Joe’s commissioner uncle, John J. McElligott. It’s a very big city, but at times it’s a very small world.
Join pianist Baron Fenwick and Charles R. Hale, tomorrow, 12/5, 12:30pm, in the Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College, for another in Charles’s classical music series for college students, “It’s Just Great Music.”
This is a free event.
Thanks to Professor Joseph McElligott for all he does to support the arts and artists.
Here’s what Columbia Free-Times said about Baron Fenwick, who will be performing in “From Carnegie to the Cell,” 338 West 23rd St, NYC, Dec 13, 7:30pm.
“Brilliant…. His driving rhythm, virtuosic technique, musical treatment and careful attention to the ensemble were all stunning. Put two or three more years on this young man, and we might well have a major star.” – Columbia Free-Times
Awarded silver medal in the 2019 Sendai International Music Competition, Baron has emerged as a leading pianist of his generation.
At 25 years old, he regularly performs with orchestras around the world, including the Flint Symphony, the South Shore Symphony, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and the Sendai Philharmonic, among others. He performed with the Mannes Orchestra after winning the 2018 Mannes Concerto Competition and he recently made his deubt in Carnegie Hall’s “Weill Hall.
For tix and info CLICK HERE
Come see “From Carnegie Hall to the Cell” the last in the series “Classically Exposed,” produced by Charles R. Hale Productions and Musical Solis (Seunghee Lee (Sunny)). At the Cell Theatre, December 13, 7:30pm. For tix and info CLICK HERE
Meet one of the performers, Jiin Yang:
Jiin has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras: KBS Symphony Orchestra, Auburn Symphony Orchestra and the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as a chamber musician in many world renowned venues…NYC’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Cadogan Hall, Paris’ Salle Gaveau, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Most recently Jiin performed with Wayne Weng in a show I created called “Connecting the Masters” part of the “Classically Exposed” series at the Cell.
The final show of the 2019 series, “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall to the Cell,” will be performed at the Cell on December 13, 7:30pm.
The show, written and created by Charles R. Hale, pays homage to some of Carnegie Hall’s great performers and performances including the music of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Leonard Bernstein, Fritz Kreisler, Benny Goodman, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf and Marian Anderson, John McCormack, Giacomo Puccini, and more.
We’ve assembled an outstanding group of musicians for the event: Seunghee Lee (Sunny)/clarinet, Baron Fenwick/piano, Robert Mack/vocals, Jiin, Yang/violin and Clare Maloney/vocals. Charles R. Hale created and narrates the show.
Tickets, which are $20, and additional information can be purchased by clicking here.
Join Artists Without Walls for its November 26th Showcase at The Cell.
A little about the presenters. (Clockwise from top left):
Shu Nakamura is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music teacher who has performed with many Artists Without Walls’ members including Niamh Hyland, Anand Gan, Annette Homann, Charles R. Hale and others.
Gary Ryan: “Stories keep haunting me until I write them down. Sometimes even after I write them down they still haunt me.”
Niamh Hyland, Artists Without Walls’ cofounder, is a singer/songwriter, entrepreneur, and executive raised in Co. Leitrim, Ireland. She toured globally as the lead singer of the original rock band Lily Sparks. Notable band and solo performances include The Ourland Festival at LincolnCenter, Whelan’s in Dublin, Webster Hall and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Cellist Martin Fett Martin is an active freelancer in the New York City area and has performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles across the USA and Europe. As a soloist, he has performed with the Manhattan Philharmonia and the Brooklyn Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble. He has played on the Today show at NBC studios and been heard on WQXR. Mr. Fett has held principal positions in many orchestras including the New York City Opera National Company.
Jim Hawkins tells stories and sings songs in the Irish tradition as well as his own personal stories from his childhood in Ireland and his growing up in NYC.Presently, he is working on a 3 part project entitled, “The Irish People in Story, Poetry and Song.”
Mountain Maidens is a Long Island-based folk harmony trio comprised of Candice Baranello, Lorraine Berger and Marie Mularczyk O’Connell. Since first meeting at the Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson, the threesome has been performing a unique and harmonious mix of ballads, folk songs, country and gospel numbers, love songs and songs of social justice throughout the local area — including a slot at the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Annual Members Showcase concert in January.
Mark Donnelly is a writer of plays, poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, with multiple publishing credits. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches English at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights and at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Tonight he’s presenting his newest monologue, “Inner Dialogue.”
Richard Stillman (not pictured) is an actor & musician who plays the banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitar, bagpipes & 12 other instruments. He has performed on Broadway, The Kennedy Ctr. and in regional theaters from New Jersey to Alaska. His show, “The Spirit of Vaudeville,” won the BEST CONCERT AWARD at the United Solo Theater Festival in NYC.
You can listen to and meet these very talented performers Tuesday, at Artists Without Walls’ Showcase at The Cell. The Cell is located at 338 West 23rdSt. The doors and bar open at 6:45 and the presentations begin at 7:30.
Join us Thursday, November 7, 12:30pm at Lehman College when Charles R. Hale Productions in conjunction with Lehman College’s City and Humanities Program presents “From Opera to Jazz to Pop,” featuring two gifted singers, Clare Maloney and Grammy nominated, Nicole Zuraitis. Both Nicole and Clare began their musical pursuits as aspiring opera singers but segued from opera to jazz and pop. Their show, which they recently performed at the Cell in NYC, will highlight their many talents, including the performance of well-known arias and their jazz and pop tune adaptations.