Carnegie Hall Opens–Cleveland Shimmers

(CarnegieHall) On its gala opening night, Carnegie Hall hosted the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Most, the latest in a series of great Cleveland conductors. Originally polished into one of the nation’s a top orchestras by George Szell, Welser-Most showed New Yorkers a glorious sound. Three famous soloists were featured in the program,…

It’s Mostly Mozart and Altogether Wonderful–Get Your Tickets Soon

The new season began July 17 and runs through August 10 in venues at Lincoln Center including David Geffen Hall, Koch Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Walter Reade Theater, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Merkin Concert Hall, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, John Jay College and others. Last night we heard the most exciting, creative and delightful Magic Flute…

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…