How do you get to Carnegie Hall? I could answer that with the punch line to the old joke, but it’s more interesting to see how six orchestras are preparing to go there for the Spring for Music Festival.
For six straight evenings from May 7 through May 12, these north American orchestras will travel to New York’s famous venue, Carnegie Hall. Each orchestra has a diverse and exceptional program, and many have customized their repertoire to be regionally insightful.
Besides looking through the Spring for Music Festival website, which has an excellent RSS feed, have a look at the Carnegie Hall Website event calendar which offers links to some sample sound clips and other information about each of the six concerts. Below is the list of the orchestras for this season’s festival concerts, listed in appearance order. Each orchestra has their own style and method for getting the word out about their concert night. Some orchestras offer travel packages while others share videos and blogs; and I’m curious to know what you think of each orchestra’s website efforts.
What is truly extraordinary to me is the ticket price. All tickets are just $25, however there is a deal on the Spring for Music website that offers “buy 4 concerts get 6 concerts.” Is there a better way to test drive such a rich cross section of North America’s orchestras? And for those that can’t make it to New York during that week, each concert will be streamed live on WQXR.
I have dear friends, teachers, mentors, and family in all of these orchestras performing this year (and next, too!) and know firsthand the excitement and verve as I watch their Twitter and Facebook accounts share their own preparation and anticipation for these concerts.
The road to Carnegie for North American orchestras goes both directions. Not only is there an excitement for sharing diverse concert programs with audiences in New York and those listening to the live stream, but the benefit of pride and exposure for the hometown team should help perpetuate and validate symphonic music and culture for years to come.