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Voices of Hope

April 16–30, 2021

The life-affirming power of music and the arts during times of crisis comes under the spotlight in Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope. This online festival examines the resilience of artists and explores the works they felt compelled to create despite—and often because of—appalling circumstances and human tragedy.

With streamed performances that range from orchestral and chamber works to folk and jazz, Voices of Hope features music that inspires change and lifts the human spirit. The Hall’s Weill Music Institute also engages its educational program participants, inviting songwriters of all ages from across New York City and beyond to create music exploring this theme.

Leading cultural and academic organizations extend the scope of the festival through online programming and events, exhibitions, performances, and film screenings, considering humankind’s capacity for hope, courage, and resilience in the face of the unimaginable.

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Nightly Premieres

A new event every night from April 16–30!


Discover the varied lineup of musical performances in Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope festival.


Free film screenings are scheduled each day during Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope festival. Explore the full calendar!

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Dance and Theater

Programs of movement, dance, and theater are presented as a part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope festival.


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Festival Partners

The Africa Center
American Indian Community House
Americas Society
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
Battery Dance
Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
Brooklyn Public Library
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Centro Primo Levi New York
China Institute
Global Arts Corps
Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College of New Jersey
Irish Arts Center
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University
Japan Society
Jazz at Lincoln Center
The Jewish Museum
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Joyce Theater
Keyes Art Projects
Latin American Writers Institute of Hostos Community College, CUNY

Leo Baeck Institute, New York | Berlin
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Louis Armstrong House Museum & Archives
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Opera
Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Museum of the City of New York
National Queer Theater
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
New York Review Books
New-York Historical Society
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
PatchWorks Films
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Sphinx Organization
The University of Chicago Presents
WQXR / The Greene Space
Yiddish Book Center
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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Voices of Hope is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and TD Bank. 

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