Tuesday, May 28, 2013

'Spring for Music' at Carnegie Hall


After living in NYC for a while you can settle into your daily routine and forget what amazing activities are available on your door step. Since moving here I have wanted to see a production at the world famous Carnegie Hall, and finally organised tickets to see the National Symphony Orchestra during the 'Spring For Music' festival.

If I am completely honest I don't know much about classical music and wasn't entirely sure what I had booked! However, at $25 a ticket I thought it would be worth taking a chance. All tickets for performances during the spring festival were $12.50-25, making it accessible to a much wider audience.

Before entering the auditorium we enjoyed a class of wine as we walked around the common parts of the building which had been turned into a museum of past performances and artists.

The hall itself is beautiful and our seats were located in one of the boxes. Although good seats, it was pretty squashed in there and I had a better view lady's head in front of me than I did of the stage. That said, for what we paid it was great, but I think I would have been annoyed if the tickets were normal price ($150+).

The performance, 'A Tribute to 'Slava', was dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich who was the music director of the NSO from 1977 to 1994 and conductor laureate until he died in 2007. The performance was streaming live on Classical 105.9 FM and there was a short interview with a friend of the lateMstislav Rostropovich. The orchestra then took their seats and there was a roar of applause as the first violinist, David Aaron Carpenter, and music director, Christoph Eschenbach, took to the stage.

I very much enjoyed the atmosphere and it was amazing to watch the orchestra playing together. When you go to the ballet or a Broadway musical the orchestra are often tucked away where you can't see them, so it was great to watch them perform. Unfortunately, however, I didn't particularly like the music they played. I prefer lighter, happier classical music that makes you want to dance, but these pieces were a little darker and more serious. This was entirely my fault though as I should have researched what they would play before I got tickets. That said, it was an unforgettable experience and I am so glad I finally made the effort to go and see a performance at Carnegie Hall.

'Spring For Music' takes place annually, and tickets for 2014 go on sale in August. It is a great way to get the full Carnegie Hall experience without the expensive price tag. For more information visit http://springformusic.com.

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