In Thursday’s (1/28) New York Times, Daniel J. Wakin writes, “Carnegie Hall, famed for the classical music luminaries on its stage, will give the singer-songwriter James Taylor pride of place next season. At the other end of the musical spectrum, the violinist Christian Tetzlaff will also be featured. Announcing its 2010-11 season on Wednesday—the second in a row under an austere budget—Carnegie said it had assigned a high-profile Perspectives series to each performer. The hall will also present a festival dedicated to Japan, led by Seiji Ozawa. …The Vienna Philharmonic will open the Carnegie Hall season with four concerts, with podium duties shared by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustavo Dudamel. … jazz pianist Brad Mehldau will be the composer in residence; Riccardo Muti gives his first New York concerts as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and the New York Philharmonic … [takes] part in a gala concert on May 5, 2011, the 120th anniversary of the opening of the hall…. Carnegie is presenting about 180 events on a budget of $70 million, down from 200 events on budgets of $76 million in 2008-9 and $84 million in 2007-8.” Numerous American orchestras will appear in the coming season, and Spring for Music, a new festival featuring North American orchestras, begins in May.
Posted January 28, 2010