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…

Nougatine and Juilliard

For Rory’s birthday, I treated him to the prix-fixe lunch at Jean-Georges’ more casual cafe, Nougatine, next door to its big sister in Trump Tower. When I say more casual, I am speaking strictly of the decor which is very gray, very silver, very chic, not the food, which is exquisite. Part of the fun…

Music For All at Alice Tully Hall

Here’s a guest post from my husband Rory. Last Saturday I attended the 2015 Namei International Music Festival Gala concert at Alice Tully Hall (allevents.in) to hear: the Dvorak Carnival Overture, the Grieg Piano Concerto, the Yellow River Piano Concerto, Liszt’s Totentanz, piano music based on Chinese song themes, Beijing Opera music arranged for banhu,…