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Carnegie Hall and the Stolen Violin-UPDATE

violin soloist, Joshua Bell

violin soloist, Joshua Bell

Carnegie’s Opening Night Gala has been cancelled due to a labor dispute with the stagehands. Carnegie’s new education wing seems to be at the center of the dispute, and whether or not the stagehands’ union has jurisdiction over the new facility.

Updated: 10/2/13 11:58 PM

When Joshua Bell comes to Carnegie Hall to open the 2013-2014 season, he wont be leaving his violin in the dressing room. The tale of that instrument, in this hall, is just one notorious chapter in a history that could fill volumes.

Perhaps it’s a byproduct of convening diverse, intensely-driven, and gifted people: there will be stories, lots of stories. Carnegie’s gala opening concert makes a point of representing the diverse talents in their upcoming season—in October alone, Carnegie will host a Klezmer quartet, a Japanese-USA Chorus Festival, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Since Tchaikovsky stepped onto the podium at the inaugural concert in 1891, Carnegie Hall has been THE milestone for many young artists hoping to have a career in classical music.  Joshua Bell made his debut in 1985 at age seventeen; some fifty years before that debut, Joshua Bell’s violin began its infamous journey into Carnegie lore.

Hear Joshua Bell tell the tale:

For opening night, Carnegie welcomes another of America’s “Big Five,” the Philadelphia Orchestra under its music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin (last year’s opening featured Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—if you think our histories aren’t intertwined, it was with Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra that Joshua Bell made his professional debut at the age of fourteen).

Joshua Bell will offer the appropriate violin pyrotechnics for an opening night event, playing Ravel and Saint-Saens. The evening then takes a strong left turn, bringing out Esperanza Spalding, who casts a silkiness, and almost hauntingly intimate veil upon her singular approach to jazz vocals and bass-playing. She’ll sing one of her own tunes, as well as one by her Argentine, jazz, avant-garde keyboard player Leo Genovese; finally she’ll close the concert with a tune by Hollywood composer Dimitri Tiomkin.

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