Philadelphia Orchestra’s Carnegie concert cancelled
He started by pointing out the fresh coat of paint in the Concert Hall, the first renovation in 16 years. Music director Christoph Eschenbach at the National Symphony Orchestras season opener Sunday night. (Scott Suchman/National Symphony Orchestra) I want to thank the federal government for paying for it, Rubenstein told the audience Sunday night. And I want to thank the painters for finishing before tomorrow night. The timing, he admitted to laughter, was dumb luck. The gala concert was scheduled more than a year ago, so the $1 million repair and paint job (white, silver, and gold, which nicely matched the NSOs gleaming new organ) was completed over the summer long before a government shutdown threatened the national arts complex. Yo-Yo Ma and Cameron Carpenter. (Margot Schulman) The Kennedy Center has an unusual relationship with the feds: The government pays for the building, grounds and upkeep; private donations pay for performances, staff and other programs, explained spokesman John Dow. The shutdown contingency plans allow concerts, shows and educational programs to continue, but tours will be suspended and the building closed until an hour before evening performances. Of the centers 1,200 full and part-time employees, about 50 are directly impacted by the government going out of business. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts chats with Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein at the gala. (Margot Schulman) Which gave the annual NSO gala a certain fin de siecle vibe: VIP patrons (including Justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy) in gowns and tuxedos, a post-performance dinner and dancing in a candlelit tent, music lovers clustered around cellist Yo-Yo Ma, organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter (steampunk classical in a mohawk, feathered Victorian cravat and rhinestone boots), and conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
Philadelphia Orchestra’s Carnegie concert cancelled The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Nezet Seguin conducts Concertino Cusqueno by Gabriela Lene Frank at Martin Luther King High School during a Matrtin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert Monday January 21, 2013. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer ) Travel Deals Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic Last updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 11:55 AM Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 11:35 AM A stagehand strike has forced the cancellation of Carnegie Hall’s Wednesday night black-tie gala season-opener, at which the Philadelphia Orchestra was to have been the featured ensemble. The stagehands, represented by Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, were working under a contract that expired Aug. 31, and called a strike at 8 a.m., according to a union statement. “Carnegie Hall sincerely regrets any inconvenience this strike will cause our artists, concertgoers, and everyone with whom we work,” said Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “We are disappointed that, despite the fact that the stagehands have one of the most lucrative contracts in the industry, they are now seeking to expand their jurisdiction beyond the concert hall and into the new Education Wing in ways that would compromise Carnegie Hall’s education mission. There is no precedent for this anywhere in New York City.” Calls to IATSE’s Local One were not immediately returned. The concert was to have been led by music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, with violinist Joshua Bell and vocalist/double bassist Esperanza Spalding. They will not be performing at a $1,500-per-ticket dinner at the Waldorf Astoria, but will be invited as guests, a Carnegie Hall spokesman said. Instead of performing a black-tie concert at Carnegie Hall, the orchestra and its music director will take to the stage of Verizon Hall for a free 6:30 “pop-up” performance. The informal, 75-minute concert, with no intermission, will include works of Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
Our Weekly Concert Picks: October 2 – October 8 AP Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Sunday, May 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 12:24 PM Wednesday, October 2: Wavves + King Tuff Falls the best season for shows at the Church, and this Wednesday two of our fave punkers join forces for an evening of unabashed raging. Wavves first broke onto the scene about three years back, with the release of BNMed LP King of the Beacha messy, manic collection of surf-punk nugs that showcased singer/songwriter Nathan Williams penchant for encapsulating youthful frustration. A much publicized relationship with Best Coasts Bethany Cosentino (and her cats, Snacks)plus a successful follow-up in 2013s Afraid of Heightsled to even more publicity, and actually its sorta amazing that theyre still playing tiny, DIY spaces like the Church. Theyre joined by LA pop punk revivalists King Tuffa.k.a., Vermont native Kyle Thomas and friendswho write catchy, 60s-influenced pleasers like the grooveable Keep on Movin and easily on-point Alone and Stoned . See you in the basement, Philly! 8:00 at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., $17. Tickets available here . Thursday, October 3: The Flaming Lips + Tame Impala One of the most highly anticipated shows this fall sees long-running OK weirdos The Flaming Lips joining forces with Australias Tame Impala for what is sure to be an evening of spacey, psych-rock vibes. Since the early 80s, Wayne Coyne and co. have delighted and occasionally scarred audiences with their trippy, exuberant psych-pop concoctions and bizarre stage show, which has featured, over the years, costumes, puppets, and Coynes signature man-sized bubble, which he uses to surf above the crowd . Theyre now touring in support of their 13th full length, The Terroralthough were secretly hoping they bust out some Yoshimi too. The evening kicks off with up-and-comers Tame Impala, whose 2012 record Lonerism was one of our very favorites, mixing radio-friendly melodies with lush, dreamy soundscapes, for a record that recollects the Beatles Magic Mystery Tour, reimagined for modern times. 7:00 at Festival Pier at Penns Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., $38. Tickets available here . Saturday, October 4: Night Panther + Literature Our local pick of the week is the Deli Mag Phillys 5-year anniversary party featuring Night Panther and Literaturetwo Philly bands to keep your eye on.