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CANCELLED: Carnegie Hall Live: Opening Night Gala With The Philadelphia Orchestra

Joshua Bell is the violin soloist at the glittering opening night of Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season.
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Joshua Bell is the violin soloist at the glittering opening night of Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season.

Due to a strike by Carnegie Hall's stagehands, represented by IATSE/Local One (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), tonight's performance has been cancelled.


  • Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March, Op. 31
  • Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
  • Ravel: Tzigane
  • Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
  • Esperanza Spalding: Apple Blossom (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • Leonardo Genovese: Chacarera(arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • Dmitri Tiomkin: Wild is the Wind (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • Ravel: Boléro
  • There may not be actual fireworks on 57th Street to greet the opening of Carnegie Hall's 122nd season, but the Philadelphia Orchestra and its young French-Canadian maestro, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, have put together a program offering musical sparks aplenty for the venue's gala season opener.

    The evening begins with Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March, op. 31, a lively selection that shows off the composer's gift for brilliant orchestration. It's a very smart bookend paired with their choice of a concluding piece: Boleroby Ravel, which, with its unchanging melody and rhythms, stands as a primer in how to show off individual instruments in the orchestra through magnificent manipulation of texture and dynamics. And color and verve continue to hold the limelight with the boisterous "Bacchanale" from Saint-Saëns' opera Samson et Dalila.

    Meanwhile, the Fabulous Philadelphians have invited two red-hot stars to their party. Violinist Joshua Bell will perform Saint-Saëns' luxuriant Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 as well as Ravel's Tzigane, a work that demands the most virtuosic of soloists. And the classically trained jazz phenomenon Esperanza Spalding will play arrangements of three selections from her beautiful 2010 album Chamber Music Society, taking the intimate, salon-sized concept behind that project — marrying classical chamber music to a jazz idiom — onto a much bigger stage with the orchestra.

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    Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.