Thanks, Richard, for the Best Seat in the House; New Yorkers Really Are the Nicest People

(carnegiehall) In our desperate (and belated) efforts to get seats to hear Evgeny Kissin play at Carnegie Hall, we wound up with one good seat (parquet) and two less good seats (balcony) at a premium price from Stubhub. Don’t do this if you don’t have to. But we had to; you understand. (latimes) We arrived…

A Glorious Night of Brahms Piano Trios–Ma, Ax, and Kavakos

As Carnegie Hall was sold out, we had the privilege of sitting with 119 other devotees on the stage, a wooden sounding box that once again proved the extraordinary Carnegie Hall acoustics. These three artists joined together for love of Brahms, as each of them could sell out CH any old time. I wondered why…

TAKE CARE OF THIS HOUSE: A BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION

Sometimes in my dreams, I imagine a musical heaven (something like the scene in Stairway to Heaven (powellandpressburger) where Rory and I are watching W. A. Mozart conduct his 42nd symphony and all our fellow music lovers are listening intently with us. That longing to hear more of a long-gone composer’s work came true at…

No Frills–Great Concerts–Low Cost

If you have never been to one of the People’s Symphony Concerts at Washington Irving High School, a New York icon, it’s time you did. Originally designed for students and workers in 1900, many of our friends and relatives have attended for decades. Today, it’s still fulfilling its function. (sidewaysnyc) The best of the best…

Levine and the Ring Take a Bow at Carnegie Hall

(simonbutler)For more than 40 years, we have been fans of James Levine and of his way with Wagner, especially the Ring of the Nibelungen. We have seen four Ring cycles with him (more than 20 hours of music in four operas each time) and have witnessed his growth into perhaps the most eminent Wagner conductor…