Carnegie Hall Concert Goes On, After Strike Canceled Performance

A unique perspective on concert photography from a blind music fan, Ahmad Zaghal

Theyll tell me, Oh, you got a bunch of pictures of the ceiling. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas When his subjects dont elude the frame entirely, theyre often truncated, decapitated or abstracted into blurry smears of pixels. The least successful images become the most successful. Which is beautiful. And hilarious. Its a totally funny idea, Zaghal, 31, says. And now people are taking it more seriously. And thats great. Maybe there is a point to this! Point or no point, Zaghal is dedicated to pursuing this project something he refers to as both a joke and an experiment. He attends roughly 20 concerts a month, always arriving in time to snag a spot up front. Once the band gets started, he hoists his iPhone to his ear and listens. Screen-reading software tells him when hes selected the camera function. Then, he points and shoots.

A strike by stagehands forced the cancellation, but the union temporarily suspended its strike on Thursday, allowing the concert hall to open its doors for now. 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.

Jason Aldean’s 8th ‘Concert for the Cure’ set for New Orleans later this month (Video)

Jason Aldean's ready to go pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month once more with his annual benefit concert.

25, at Louisiana’s New Orleans Arena. Now in its eight year, Aldean’s 2013 “Concert for the Cure” event will take place at a venue where his Night Train Tour was a sell-put, according to an Oct. 5 missive from the entertainer’s PR camp. Throughout the year, Aldean –who is nominated for the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year trophy for the third time — sets aside 50 cents of each concert ticket sold, then selects one show market in October and donates all proceeds to its local Susan G. Komen affiliate. “Last year. the Komen New Orleans team needed a little over $1 million to meet all their needs, but they were only able to fund about half of that,” Aldean said. “If we raise the half a million that we did last year in Dallas, we’ll be able to help these women meet their goal and provide the services the town needs.” Now celebrating a second week atop the Billboard chart with his 12th No. 1 single, “Night Train,” Aldean landed three nods in this year’s CMA Awards, which will be held Nov. 6, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” featuring Luke Bryan and Eric Church. For now, though, the Georgia-born performer’s mind is not on trophy wins, but on helping others via this month’s “Concert for the Cure.” “I can’t wait to see an arena full of pink in support of such a great cause!” he exclaimed. Video bonus: To see Aldean’s official “Night Train” music video, please access the clip embedded with this post. Suggested by the author