Exposition of Carnatic music centered on two trinities: the trinity of composers in the 18th century (Sri Thyagaraja Swamy, Sri Syama Sastrigal, and Sri Muthuswamy Dikshithar), and the trinity of female vocalists who rose to prominence in the 1940s (M. S. Subbulakshmi, M. L. Vasanthakumari, D. K. Pattamal).
A special feature on what makes a Strauss soprano focused on the work of Leonie Rysanek. 1. Zweite Brautnacht-Leonie Rysanek (soprano); Joseph Keilberth (conductor); Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra. 2. Elektra-Birgit Nilsson (soprano); Leonie Rysanek (soprano); Regina Resnik (mezzo-soprano); Wolfgang Windgassen (tenor); Eberhard Wachter (baritone); Karl Böhm (conductor); Wiener Staatsoper & Chorus. 3. Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund-Inge Borkh (soprano); Fritz Reiner (conductor); Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Today we heard concerts that came to Carnegie Hall. We began with Benny Goodman's famous 1938 concert, the first time Jazz made it to the concert hall. Following that was John Hammond's 1938-1939 series, From Spirituals to Swing, in which he made an explicit point to feature African American artists who had been denied by white audiences. Dizzy and Bird were the first to bring Bebop to Carnegie Hall in September of 1947, and later that year Dizzy (+ Chano Pozo + George Russell) brought Latin Jazz to Carnegie Hall. Finally, we heard the 1949 Christmas All-Stars concert.