Carnegie Hall Opening Night

CARNEGIE-GGGG-1038x1038Clive Gillinson is bringing his Hall to new heights as witnessed Opening Night on Wednesday, October 4th.

The program, with all Bernstein and Gershwin selections had the audience rising for applause more than once! The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin selected the Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront” (1954/55), which was a strong and complicated work of early “contemporary” music that bounced off the walls of the Hall with vigor and artistry.

Then came Lang Lang (who had hurt his left arm, but didn’t want to cancel), along with his (serious) “side kick” young Maxim Lando at ONE piano, and Chick Corea at the OTHER. Together with the brilliant orchestra they gave a masterful, particularly creative rendition of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” complete with various “flights of fancy” from the two pianists that encompassed “the jazz age” with its concomitant spirit of experimentation.

The last piece: Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story” was a study in rhythmic complications second to none; a miracle that this could actually be put together by one orchestra with one conductor being able to harness it all into one syncopated work of art. No wonder we don’t hear it too often; we were monumentally lucky.

Music Director and Conductor Séquin should be congratulated along with his talented orchestra for their amazing bravery and expertise!

Barbara Tober

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