Oct

7

Free Carnegie!

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Caralyn Spector writes in that if you email [email protected] by 5PM, you’ll get free tickets to the Mozart and Bruckner extravaganza happening tonight at Carnegie Hall. The show starts at 8PM, with a pre-concert lecture starting at 7PM. This is highly recommended for Music Hum students, as well as anyone who’s never heard a Bruckner symphony before (they’re playing the 5th).

 

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9 Comments

  1. the  

    frames don't look right

  2. question:  

    I emailed....how do I know that I did, in fact, get the tickets?

  3. shira  

    well, that's a disappointment. why is CUArts not on top of this?

    • yeah.  

      it would have been nice to get a "sorry, we screwed this up and won't be able to get the tickets to you" email. I really love that I rearranged my day around this bwog entry and nothing came of it. It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling not unlike the one I get every time Bill O'Reilly uses the phrase "far- left jihad".

  4. Anna the bwog editor  

    Hello to those of you who emailed Cuarts for tickets. The bwog was a little miffed that you got stood-up, so we emailed cuarts and asked them what was up. Apparently, you will be receiving an apology and an offer for free tickets to some other shows very shortly.

  5. CUAI

    "Hi guys, weekend CUArts staffer here. Sincerest apologies to the 6 of you who wrote in...We didn't see our little notice from Friday posted by the time the weekly Art Train departed at noon yesterday, so we (erroneously) assumed the B&W tastemakers had decided to pass, what with all the Minutemen excitement flying around. Kudos to B&W btw--we've been glued to the site all week here."

  6. veni, vidi

    Fwiw, it was a "meh" evening. Messiaen is always an acquired taste, although the choice to open with his contribution to the Mozart bicentennial was appropriate, I suppose. There's a lot to love about Quasthoff, but for his selection of Mozart arias his platform was set too low so his incredible bass-baritone was often lost in the wall of strings. And while it's occasionally acceptable to read from the score at a mid-year student recital, odd that a world-class teacher & performer would choose to do so at Carnegie. (Amusing, too, that a performer known for criticizing the "authenticity" of crossover artists like Bocelli would encore with a schmaltzy, a capella rendition of "Swing Low"....) The Bruckner was crystalline--to be expected from Cleveland--and flutist Joshua Smith was a particular stand-out. What was -unexpected- was the mediocre performance by the brass. Cleveland has long been the standard-bearer for that section on this continent, so to hear Bruckner done with anything less than perfection from them was a bit of a letdown.

    The billing of this performance as a "Weekend Casual" may have contributed to the irregularities. The audience skewed younger & more "first-timer" than usual, with all of the cell phone ringing (and ringing and ringing), misplaced applause, yakkety-yak, snoring, and auto-ovations that can engender. (It's cool if you don't know when the piece is over vs the end of a movement--just remember not to clap until the conductor's arms go down) Don't get me wrong, I'm a proponent of the denim-ization of the American concert hall--ridiculous that you can't bring a beverage in to a crowded, 2+-hr performance--and I appreciate the swell of youth-marketing our orchestras are finally coming 'round to here. But I'd much rather see more of my peers at the regular concerts than suffer them all at once on amateur night for half price.

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