Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor will spend the majority of the upcoming spring and summer months on a co-headlining tour with Carole King, but he also has some more intimate concert plans set for the future.
The “Carolina on My Mind” songman has announced a special four-part “Perspectives” concert series at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, but fans will have to wait another year to experience it. Combining live music, guest appearances and discussions of his career, Taylor will take the stage on April 12, April 20, May 6 and May 9, 2011.
Each night at the Carnegie will have a different overarching theme, with special guests expected to step in throughout. The first evening will be a celebratory gala for the Carnegie’s 120th anniversary, followed a week later by an exploration of Taylor’s musical influences “from bluegrass and blues to Celtic music and church hymns,” according to the official program.
The first event in May will focus on Taylor’s instrument of choice, the guitar, with some of the musician’s fellow guitarists joining him onstage for a discussion and performances. The four-part series will end appropriately as Taylor is joined by his backing band for a set that spans his catalogue and highlights his greatest hits.
Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium will be the backdrop for all events except May 6’s “Guitar Conversations,” which is booked instead for Zankel Hall. Information on ticket prices and Carnegie Hall subscriptions are available through the official Carnegie Web site.
However, for fans without a Carnegie subscription, Taylor’s own Web site will be offering a limited presale for single tickets to the events. Details of those special ticket sales won’t be announced until sometime over the summer.
In the meantime, U.S. audiences will have to make do with one of his nearly 30 concerts this year with fellow singer-songwriter Carole King. The musicians will travel the nation on their Troubadour Reunion Tour, which runs from May 7 at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR, through July 3-4 at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. Early ticket sales for the tour have already launched Taylor and King to the top of TicketNews’ exclusive event rankings for the week ending January 24.