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Carnegie Hall Launches Contemporary Folk Music Series

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Carnegie Hall, in partnership with WFUV, 90.7 FM, launches City Folk Live at Zankel—a new contemporary folk music series—beginning in October 2005. This new series celebrates the art of singer-songwriters and highlights the eclectic nature of modern folk music.

Carnegie Hall's City Folk Live at Zankel concerts are based on WFUV's pioneering City Folk format that blends adult rock, singer-songwriters, and roots music. Performers for the inaugural season include Suzanne Vega (October 27), Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky (November 18), Jane Siberry (March 11), and Dan Bern (April 22). WFUV Music Director Rita Houston will serve as host for the new City Folk Live at Zankel concerts.

Carnegie Hall announced its new partnership with WFUV, 90.7 FM, in February 2005. This season, Carnegie Hall also has ongoing partnerships with Nonesuch Records, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, the World Music Institute, and Festival Productions, Inc.

"Partnerships have always been important to us at Carnegie Hall and are an integral component of our broadly based programming," said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall. "These collaborations have developed into wonderful relationships, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We are delighted that WFUV has joined with us as a partner and is sharing its artistic creativity in our new City Folk Live at Zankel series."

"We're honored to handpick these artists who are both talented and influential," said Rita Houston, who curated the series with Carnegie Hall's artistic staff. "They represent the state-of-the-art musically, just as Zankel is a state-of-the-art concert hall."

Tickets are priced at $32 and $38. — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner