January 2, 1991 |
Carnegie Hall, more than any other American concert hall, has transcended real estate to be a home and source of dreams. It is a goal for musicians, a validation of life's work, a testing ground for musical ideas. Does any young musician grow up in this country without the ambition to perform there? Carnegie is 33 years younger than the Academy of Music. But in its 100 years, it has taken its place at the very center of performance in this country. The hall's eminence in American legend is the focus of Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams, a PBS special seen at 9 tonight on Channels 23, 52 and 39. (It will be aired on Channel 12 at 9 p.m. Friday.
March 5, 1994 |
Verdi's Overture to La Forza del Destino was one of the favorite encores of Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra during Muti's tenure as music director from 1980-92. La Forza's brusque passions seemed to belong as much to the Philadelphians as to their consistently uncompromising maestro. So it was a poignant experience to be a Philadelphian sitting in Carnegie Hall on Thursday night, listening to Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic's blazing rendition of this Verdi overture, which brought an entire audience to its feet.
February 29, 1992 |
The Vienna Philharmonic, which on Thursday performed the first of two concerts at Carnegie Hall, is probably the only orchestra that overshadows its conductor. The philharmonic's playing represents a single artistic point of view that comes from deep in the history of the ensemble rather than from its current conductor. It is a viewpoint stemming from Vienna's great days from Haydn to Strauss, for the philharmonic is not an orchestra to plunge into the new, or to survey other nations' music very much.
September 25, 1990 |
Whatever else it shapes up to be, 1990-91 is the season of inescapable anniversaries. Carnegie Hall will be 100 years old on May 5, 1991, and Dec. 5, 1991 will be the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death. Carnegie Hall's season - and unofficially the music season of the nation - will get under way tomorrow night, when Andre Previn conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Lincoln Center, New York's other major musical showcase, is noting the Mozart anniversary with a marathon of concerts, symposiums, television events and exhibits whose flavor so far suggests a database rather than a musical occasion.
October 3, 1994 |
When does a nascent career become a major one? Pinning down a single defining moment is usually an elusive exercise, but such a time may be at hand for violinist Leila Josefowicz. The signs have been brewing for years. Though just 16, she's played with orchestras obscure to renowned, shared the stage with Johnny Carson and Bob Hope, and has landed a spot studying at the Curtis Institute with not one but two brand-name teachers. But no musical career is complete until it makes a nod to the electronic age, and with the recent signing of a five-year recording contract with Philips, Josefowicz is poised to become a name to rival the Perlmans and Zukermans of the violin world.
November 6, 1991 |
Among orchestras enduring crises in this country - and far more are than are not - the Detroit Symphony's catalogue of setbacks has been severe enough to put you in mind of Job. Struggling to stay afloat, amid fiscal, social and artistic problems in a racially divided city that also is floundering, the orchestra is at the mercy of a recalcitrant Michigan Legislature. The latest blow came three weeks ago when the legislature cut its budget, eliminating an expected $1.9 million. In 1989, the legislature threatened to withhold support because the orchestra had only one black musician.
December 15, 2003 |
Orchestra 2001 made its first appearance Saturday at Carnegie Hall with little resemblance to the sort of ensemble its name implies, having fashioned itself to accommodate the singular sound world of Philadelphia composer George Crumb. That means Orchestra 2001 resembled, on this particular day, little else in Western music. Performers could barely squeeze through the doors on the Weill Recital Hall stage, so tightly packed were the 50 percussion instruments needed for Crumb's Unto the Hills, a cycle of Appalachian folk songs for voice, piano and four extremely busy percussionists.
January 10, 1996 |
For the first time since 1965, the Philadelphia Orchestra concerts in Carnegie Hall will be presented by the hall itself. Previously, Carnegie presented the orchestra in only one concert each season, and the orchestra assumed all promotional and financial responsibility for its other concerts in the hall. The Philadelphia Orchestra will play seven concerts at Carnegie Hall during the 1996-97 season, officials at the hall announced yesterday. In addition, Carnegie Hall will present orchestra music director Wolfgang Sawallisch and baritone Thomas Hampson in a Feb. 23, 1997, recital.
January 11, 2000 |
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Roberto Abbado, David Robertson and Vladimir Ashkenazy will lead the Philadelphia Orchestra in seven Carnegie Hall concerts next season. Carnegie Hall's 2000-01 season of 140-plus events, announced yesterday, will include a season-long focus on Stravinsky; world premieres of works by Alexander Goehr, Peter Lieberson, Tania Leon and P.Q. Phan; U.S. premieres of works by Mauricio Kagel, Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Augusta Read Thomas and Lorin Maazel; three Bach recitals by pianist Andras Schiff; three concerts by soprano Jessye Norman and James Levine; and a four-program series created by pianist Peter Serkin with composer-conductor Oliver Knussen and the London Sinfonietta.
September 11, 2003 |
It's not every day that another Carnegie Hall comes along. But yesterday at noon, in a test-drive for critics and music-industry executives, Carnegie added a third performance space to its storied site on 57th Street, offering the sounds of solo-piano Debussy, a short new work for soprano Ren?e Fleming by John Corigliano, a jazz quintet, and a smattering of world music. Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall, with up to 650 seats, was carved from the space below the famous Isaac Stern Auditorium.