In Monday’s (7/15) New York Times, Zachary Woolfe reviews the New York Philharmonic’s Saturday event in Central Park, a benefit concert with Major League Baseball and pop vocalist Mariah Carey to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. “Thanking the orchestra for having her, Ms. Carey referred to it as ‘The New York City Philharmonic,’ one sign among many that this was not the ensemble’s usual context, crowd or repertory.” The concert, “for which 60,000 tickets were distributed, took the place of one of the two classical programs that the Philharmonic has traditionally presented in Central Park … It’s not, in theory, a bad thing that the orchestra should involve itself in such a high profile event—a benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief pegged to Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Citi Field—or attempt to improve its visibility in the city’s crowded cultural landscape … Ms. Carey might have gotten the Philharmonic’s name wrong, but she otherwise played nice with it. Their combination sounded polished, and [Music Director Alan] Gilbert kept the musicians at an easygoing, steady pace … Ms. Carey was the special guest but the meat of the program was the Philharmonic, and the orchestra played with impressive precision and laid-back swing.” Carey sang several of her hits with the orchestra; other works included musical tributes to New York and baseball, and music by Copland, Bernstein, and Randy Newman.
Posted July 15, 2013
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