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Tuesday August 31, 2010

from Nonesuch

When Brad Mehldau performs in New York City this fall, it will be as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. “For the first time, Carnegie gives its composer’s chair to a jazzman,” says New York, “and not just any cat—a pianist with broad influences and a cerebral style.”

Mehldau’s first concert as such will be in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall on November 9, for the New York premiere of his Highway Rider. Performing with Mehldau will be the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, led by Scott Yoo, along with the artists featured on the Nonesuch recording of the piece: his trio mates Jeff Ballard (percussion) and Larry Grenadier (bass), label mate Joshua Redman on saxophone, and percussionist Matt Chamberlain. The world premiere performance of Highway Rider takes place just days earlier at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis; following the Zankel performance, the featured performers head to Europe to tour with the piece. For tickets to the New York performance and more on Mehldau’s season at Carnegie Hall, head to carnegiehall.org.

To read more of New York’s Fall Preview, pick up the latest issue, at newsstands now, or visit nymag.com.