Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. of Riverside Church (Morningside Heights) leads a Juneteenth celebration of freedom for Live with Carnegie Hall at CarnegieHall.org, Facebook and Instagram on Friday, June 19, 2020, Juneteenth, at 7:30pm.
Juneteenth commemorates the legal end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the U.S. Army began enforcing the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas.
Dr. James A. Forbes Jr.
Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. is a retired Senior Minister of Riverside Church in Morningside Heights. He is the first African-American minister to lead this multicultural congregation.
Riverside Church is a Baptist church built by John D. Rockefeller. It has long been a center of social justice.
Morningside Heights is basically West Harlem around Columbia University up on the granite hills along the Hudson River.
Live with Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall is one of the world’s great classical music stages. The legacy of Andrew Carnegie (U.S. Steel) has been an independent music organization since the New York Philharmonic moved to Lincoln Center in 1962.
You might expect a classical music organization to be kind of stuffy, but Carnegie Hall curates programs of all types of music that are both excellent musically and socially relevant.
Some Carnegie Hall concerts even influence popular culture. The “Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall” concert in 1962 brought Brazilian bossa nova music to American audiences. Today bossa nova remains the world’s second most popular music after The Beatles.
Live with Carnegie Hall brings great music to New Yorkers online for Free during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you Carnegie Hall.