Carnegie Hall Celebrates Project Lullaby’s 10th Anniversary With Free Online Concert

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Carnegie Hall will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Lullaby Project, which pairs parents with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, on June 10 with a special online concert.

This free, live-streamed celebration, at 4 p.m. EDT, will feature lullabies written by families in New York and around the world, as well as the stories behind the songs, from the community of artists, songwriters and partners who worked together to create them. . Performers will include parents and teaching artists from Carnegie Hall, such as Grammy Award winner Falu Shah, Juana Luna, Emily Eagen and Starr Busby, among others.

The concert will be streamed live on Carnegie Hall’s Facebook and YouTube pages and available online directly after on YouTube.

The Lullaby Project brings together professional artists with expectant mothers and new mothers and fathers to write and sing lullabies for their babies; its goals, said Carnegie Hall, are to support maternal health, aid in child development, and strengthen the bond between parent and child. In New York, the project works with parents in correctional facilities, foster homes, high schools and homeless shelters, while Carnegie Hall said the project works with partner organizations around the world to support families in their own communities.

The Lullaby Project also offers other free resources, such as educational guides and a Spotify playlist, for families with babies and toddlers.

The first Lullaby project took place at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx in December 2011; since then, more than 2,800 families have composed songs for their children, many of which can be heard and shared on Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project Soundcloud page.

Tiffany Ortiz, Director of Early Years Programs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, said: “The power of lullabies resonates widely – we’ve seen how writing a lullaby connects parent and child, fosters the development of early childhood, empowers parents to be sensitive and creative caregivers. , and much more. It has been significant to see the project blossom from its pilot launch in New York to its adaptation to communities around the world.

The lullabies have been written in more than 20 languages ​​and in many musical styles, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the project participants; parents receive a recording of their lullabies to share with their babies.

Since the start of the pandemic, professional artists from the Lullaby Project have connected directly with American families in free, one-on-one online sessions; parents and caregivers can register on the Carnegie Hall website.

In 2018, Decca Gold (Universal Music Group) released Hopes and Dreams: The Lullaby Projectan album of original lullabies written by workshop participants and performed by artists such as Fiona Apple, the Brentano String Quartet, Lawrence Brownlee, Rosanne Cash, Joyce DiDonato, Rhiannon Giddens, Angélique Kidjo, Patti LuPone, Natalie Merchant, Dianne Reeves, Pretty Yende and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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