A Tempo: Carnegie Hall Celebrates Music for Change

Mar 3, 2018

As part of its Festival devoted to the cultural and social legacy of the 1960s, Carnegie Hall will celebrate the art of the protest song in an upcoming concert that will feature both protest songs of that era and contemporary songs that explore some of today's campaigns for social justice. 

Emma Thompson-Haye, a senior at New York City's Eleanor Roosevelt High School, will perform her song "Afro-Americana" as part of a Carnegie Hall concert celebrating the art of the protest songs of the 1960s and beyond.

Called "A Time Like This: Music for Change," the March 11 concert program will include songs written by students, prisoners in the Sing Sing Correctional Facility and other participants in Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute programs. This Saturday (3/3) on A Tempo, host Rachel Katz will speak with two student songwriters - Emma Thompson-Haye, a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, who will perform her work "Afro-American," and Jamie Harrison Jones, a sophomore at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts, whose song "Break the Chains" will be performed by her school's choir. The show will also feature interviews with Wadleigh's choir director, Kim Walton, and Aaron Siegel, assistant director for Learning and Engagement Programs at the Weill Music Institute. 

Tune in Saturday at 7 pm.

Watch a video about Emma Thompson-Haye's song, "Afro-Americana," here.

(Correction Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the name of the choir director and the name of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts).