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Carpenter plays with NY Philharmonic

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – Mary Chapin Carpenter will make her New York Philharmonic debut in a retrospective program featuring songs from throughout her career this winter.

The special shows will take place on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Carpenter's longtime friends Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, Tift Merritt and Aoife O'Donovan will join her for guest appearances, all marking their Philharmonic debuts.

The program will include selections from Carpenter's debut orchestral album, "Songs from the Movie," which was arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza, and will be released Jan. 14 on Zoe/Rounder Records. Mendoza will also make his Philharmonic debut conducting the program, which will also feature some of Carpenter's collaborators, musicians Peter Erskine, Matt Rollings, Duke Levine, John Jennings, Jon Carroll and Vinnie Santoro all in their Philharmonic debuts.

"Songs From The Movie" pairs Carpenter's songbook with an ensemble of London orchestral musicians and features Erskine (Weather Report, John Abercrombie, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Joni Mitchell, Diana Krall) on drums.

"Working with Vince Mendoza was incredibly inspiring. His arrangements gave these existing songs new meanings, new colors, new feelings, new destinations. To hear them played by the world class orchestra assembled at Air Studios was beyond any artistic experience that I could have imagined."

Songs on the upcoming CD are:
1. On and On It Goes
2. I Am A Town
3. Between Here and Gone
4. Ideas Are Like Stars
5. The Dreaming Road
6. Only A Dream
7. Come On Come On
8. Mrs. Hemingway
9. Where Time Stands Still
10. Goodnight America

Tour dates are:
Jan. 24 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Royal Concert Hall*
Feb. 8 Los Angeles, CA Walt Disney Concert Hall**
Feb. 28- March 1 New York, NY Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center
April 4 Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Center for the Arts ***

*with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Vince Mendoza
** with the L.A. Philharmonic and Vince Mendoza
*** with the Phoenix Symphony

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