The importance of great classical music halls
This past Thursday evening, I performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time. What a life-changing experience! There was such incredible energy amongst the musicians, the crew and staff, and (walking through the front lobby before the concert) the audience. I was thrilled to step onto the stage and look out to a packed house, and I was thrilled to see this packed house jump to their feet at the conclusion of our performance. Their enthusiasm was overwhelming, and I was so proud to be a member of the wonderful Houston Symphony, whose hard work and effort was most deserving of this positive reaction.
There is a reason why it is such an honor to be presented by Carnegie Hall – it is one of the greatest concert venues in the world. The acoustics were absolutely incredible. A colleague of mine in the symphony told me the moment she stepped onto the stage and heard the clicking of her shoes reverberate throughout the hall, she knew right away how amazing it was. The acoustics were completely different from anything we experience in Houston. It was so easy to hear myself play, and it was so easy for me to hear all of my colleagues play, which made it so easy for all of us to play together. The easier it was to play together, the better connected we felt with one another, thus creating a more unified, musical experience.
It is such a powerful feeling to create beautiful music. It is even more profound to share this beautiful music with our audiences. I want people who come to our concerts to have an enriched, *meaning-filled* experience. I would like them to walk away from a concert feeling… just feeling… anything. Whether it is a feeling of satisfaction, intensity, or curiosity, or whether they learned something or were inspired, I just want them to be affected. Playing in an acoustically sound hall impacts everyone, it benefits everyone, and I feel we achieved this during our performance.
I hope that more people realize the importance of having a great classical music hall, especially in cities they truly care about. To be able to have access to emotional, powerful, beautiful music is artistically, culturally, and humanistically beneficial for communities. As cliché as it sounds, I firmly believe that music is a unifying force that brings people together, and for me that is the ultimate goal.
Getting off my soapbox, and into bed for a good night’s rest. One last concert tomorrow evening, our final evening in Florida. Stay tuned for exciting stories about the Florida leg of our tour in my next post!
Dan Rather, native Houstonian, was spotted at our concert!!!
Can you imagine that in 1960, Carnegie Hall was almost demolished to be replaced by an office tower??? Thank goodness for Isaac Stern.