Carnegie Hall Concert Goes On, After Strike Canceled Performance

Concert to feature new, familiar pieces

A union leader told Reuters he was optimistic the two sides could reach a permanent deal by Friday. The dispute hangs on whether the stagehands – mostly prop-makers, carpenters and electricians – should have a role in a new educational wing that the Carnegie Hall Corp plans to open above the hall next year. The corporation wants to hire cheaper labor at the education wing. Negotiations with the union took an unprecedented turn on Wednesday when Local 1 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees decided to go on strike for the first time in the history of Carnegie Hall. However, when James Claffey, president of Local 1, emerged from negotiations on Thursday afternoon, he announced the union had agreed to pull down the picket line for the day, citing progress in the talks. “This is a goodwill gesture towards Carnegie Hall,” said Claffey, whose local has negotiated some of the most lucrative pay in the industry. He later said further progress had been made, and that even though picketing would continue, he hoped to reach a deal by Friday. Carnegie Hall’s five full-time stagehands make an average of $400,000 per year including benefits, The New York Times reported, citing the organization’s tax returns. Claffey said there were many more stagehands represented by the union who work only sporadically. “This dispute is not about those employees,” Claffey said. “This is about everyone else. These are middle class employees.” The strike forced Carnegie Hall to cancel a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra with violinist Joshua Bell. The concert was part of Carnegie Hall’s opening-night gala, the organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Concert review: ‘Wildhorn & Friends’ warmly entertains BYU audience

Exciting trills of the woodwinds, vibrant fanfare from the brass, antiphonal trumpets, sounds of the boisterous organ and rhythmic patterns of the percussion are just a few of the sounds that will resonate from the concert hall of Moody Music Building on Monday night, Danielle Todd, a graduate conductor for the concert band and trumpet player for the symphonic band, said. Both the symphonic band and concert band are composed of both music and non-music majors who underwent a competitive blind audition in order to participate. The upcoming concert is not only an opportunity for students to enjoy a performance put on by their peers, but a chance to highlight the musical talents of several UA students. The concert will showcase the talents of many students from various backgrounds, ages, majors and experience, as well as highlight musical selections that are vibrant, aggressive, soulful and fun, Todd said. With their performance, the two bands seek to engage people of all musical preferences, from contemporary pop to rock to classical, while simultaneously dispelling the connotation associated with symphonic and concert bands. When people hear the terms symphonic band and concert band, they automatically think of older, classical music, Randall Coleman, associate director of bands and conductor of the symphonic and concert bands, said. This presents a challenge since most college students prefer to listen to new songs on the radio. However, I think our program successfully encompasses many different musical tastes by providing fast-paced, contemporary music thats easy to listen to. Similarly, Todd said the symphonic bands and concert bands are much more relatable than most people realize. They are not limited to older music, and students will be surprised to find that many of the pieces in the concert will be familiar to them. This concert will provide sounds that are familiar and recognizable, as well as some that are new and different, Todd said. The overarching goal of the concert is to promote the Alabama symphonic band and Alabama concert band, and by extension the music program as a whole. The concert allows the bands an outlet for their hard work, and ticket sales will benefit the music program. Weve worked hard to present a quality program, and we wont disappoint, Christopher Henley, a freshman majoring in organ performance and a guest member of the symphonic band, said. The concert will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of Moody Music Building.

MDT Updated: 7 hours ago View 4 photos Summary As part of the Bravo! Performing Arts Series, a BYU audience had the rare treat of hearing three popular Broadway singers perform the works of composer Frank Wildhorn with Wildhorn at the piano as their accompanist. More Coverage Concert preview: Perfectly Frank: Pop goes Broadway with ‘Wildhorn & Friends’ at BYU Bravo! series Frank Wildhorn & Friends, Bravo! Performing Arts Series, BYU Harris Fine Arts Center deJong Concert Hall, Oct. 3 PROVO As part of the Bravo! Performing Arts Series, a BYU audience had the rare treat of hearing three popular Broadway singers perform the works of composer Frank Wildhorn with Wildhorn himself at the piano as their accompanist. Wildhorn calls the concerts Wildhorn & Friends as a reference to the onstage performers, but he made concertgoers feel as if they were his friends gathering around his piano. The concert was in the large deJong Concert Hall, but through his warm introductions of his compositions, we felt as if we could be in a much more intimate setting. Darren Ritchie, who has originated Wildhorn roles on Broadway (as Jonathan Harker in Dracula and White Knight/Jack in Wonderland), sang two songs from The Civil War. Ritchie is an expressive singer, and his renditions of Sarah and Ill Never Pass This Way Again were moving reminders of the many lives lost during the painful era in our countrys history. The songs were made even more poignant when Wildhorn explained that lyrics from the 1998 song cycle were adapted from letters written on battlefields by dying soldiers to family and sweethearts. Ritchies songs werent all somber: He was also tapped to sing the playful The World Will Remember Us from Bonnie & Clyde and a stirring rendition of Into the Fire from The Scarlet Pimpernel, with 16 BYU voice students as backup singers. Gold, written for the opening ceremonies of Salt Lake Citys 2002 Olympic Winter Games, was superbly performed by Jackie Burns, who launched the first national tour of Wicked in the plum lead role of Elphaba. She was genuinely mischievous in The Mad Hatter from Wonderland: A New Alice, A New Musical. Burns also made How Bout a Dance? from Bonnie & Clyde into a sultry torch song.