National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall: Signing up for excellence – standing for cultural outreach

Short of the national “red, white and blue,” the National Youth Orchestra’s featured dress code on Carnegie Hall’s stage incorporated red slacks, white shirts and black blazers, with Converse-style sneakers adding a youthful touch. Despite the teenagers’ adolescent appearance, they could be judged on a rather adult level of performance as they cautiously, but deliberately held back in Mozart’s subtle virtuoso passages, so as not to undermine master pianist Emanuel Ax, known endearingly as...
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Musicians of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at LPR

It seemed like a fun trip to New York City for the Seattle Symphony, who came as one of the visiting orchestras to Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music Festival and decided to include a preamble, late-night gig at lePoisson Rouge, yesterday evening. Ludovic Morlot, the orchestra’s conductor, led musicians of the orchestra in mixed ensembles, performing works ranging from Debussy and Varèse to Cage and Adams. While the tour bus was parked outside and...
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Christopher Rouse's Requiem at Carnegie Hall

On May 5, Carnegie Hall launches the fourth and final season of its Spring for Music festival with a massive staging of Requiem, a work commissioned by the international sacred music foundation Soli Deo Gloria from the Pulitzer Prize-winning current composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic, Christopher Rouse. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Herman The innovative series Spring for Music presents unusual programs for one-evening-only performances by visiting North American Orchestras, realizing, as Alan Gilbert puts...
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IPO and Yuja Wang at Carnegie Hall

                On October 25th, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gave a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall, performing under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta, a program of some of Judaism’s most spiritual works, demonstrating their undyingly righteous, cultural eminence. Despite a small group of Anti-Israel protesters that had accumulated across the 57th Street entrance, rallied by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel through...
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Evgeny Kissin: Jerusalem at Heart

Even though the pianist’s ‘Liszt – Recital Tour’ did not actually start out, as originally planned in Jerusalem, and instead started in Madrid, playing in Jerusalem for the first time was of great  moment to Kissin’s heart. As he put it, “Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim Tishkach Yimini …”  Douay-Rheims Bible (If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten) I could not even begin to imagine the impact of this literal transcription. Kissin...
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An Ecstatic Entourage – and a talk with Timo Andres at the Ecstatic Music Festival Marathon Initiation

Being in a state of ecstasy, according to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, means being joyful or also enraptured.This accurately describes the vibrant atmosphere at Merkin Concert Hall’s “Ecstatic Music Festival” that opened on Martin Luther King’s Day, Marathon on January 17t.h. Many of the participating artists of the festival who will give individual concert performances at Merkin Hall throughout March 28th were mixing with the audience during the 7-8 hours...
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Carnegie Hall und Shanghai Tang feiern den Chinesischen Pianisten Lang Lang

Carnegie Hall und Shanghai Tang feiern den chinesischen Pianisten Lang Lang Anlässlich des “Ancient Paths – Modern Voices” Festivals, mit dem die Carnegie Hall chinesische Kunst und chinesische Künstler zelebriert, fand am 26. Oktober in der luxuriösen Madison Avenue – Boutique von Shanghai Tang ein Cocktailempfang zu Ehren Lang Langs statt. Sir Clive Gillinson, Executive und Artistic Director der Carnegie Hall, nutzte die Gelegenheit, um auf Langs aussergewöhnliche Karriere sowie auf die von ihm...
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