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Pop Joins Classical Music at Carnegie Hall

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Carnegie Hall has announced its new season, which features pop music alongside classical music heavy-hitters.

Singer-songwriter James Taylor will host a series of concerts, 40 years after his Carnegie Hall debut at the tender age of 22. Carnegie will also host a festival celebrating Japanese music and culture led by Seiji Ozawa, who was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and Valery Gergiev conducting the Maryinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg in five concerts of Mahler symphonies are just a few of the classical acts in Carnegie Hall's next season.

Carnegie's Artistic Director Clive Gillinson says its current ad campaign, which asks the question, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?," has an answer that may be familiar to many New Yorkers.

"Apparently somebody had gone up to a police man and had said, 'Could you tell me how to get to Lincoln Center?' " Gillinson said. "And so somebody who was passing said 'Practice, Practice, Practice.' And he said, 'No, no no, that's how you get to Carnegie Hall. To get to Lincoln Center you take the number whatever-it-is bus."

Carnegie Hall's 120th season begins September 29, 2010.