Monday, November 24, 2014

Carnegie Hall: a view not usually seen

Carnegie Hall as seen from the stage during a rehearsal—a view not usually seen. As it is, I've sung there many times over the years as a professional singer and choral artist, and it never gets old. Really. It's a thrill from beginning to end to stand on that stage which was not that long ago in danger of being demolished. This last concert was with the San Francisco Symphony which performed Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and was broadcast live on New York City's classical radio station WQXR. Click on the link here, and you can listen to the archived performance. 


  1. Why, as a young man, did snuggling into Carnegie Hall fill me repeatedly with confidence of occasion, and in the setting's inspiring some of the finest musical expression I would ever hear? Nor does the listener ever turn down an invitation to Carnegie Hall. On Beethoven's 200th birthday, Böhm was conducting Fidelio at the Met, Serkin was playing at Carnegie Hall. I don't know what it felt like uptown, but we were given rarity one can't replace or forget.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Laurent. It's a very special place, that's for sure, even if the seats are small for the modern man, being much taller and bigger than those it was designed for.


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