Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Theme Thursday - STAGE
Practice, practice, practice! So the joke goes. That's the answer to the question, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"
Many pianists strive for the moment that they can play here; they believe they have arrived, and in a way they have! Masters students in New England compete for the coveted spots on the concert schedule. Many resumes indicate that the pianist has played at Weill Hall, the smaller more intimate stage pictured here. It seats fewer than 300 people, and it a lovely venue for a salon style performance. Although it's not "the" hall, and it's up on the third floor, there is an air of profoundness that hits you immediately upon entering. It is almost revered.
I went on a tour of the building back in the 80's. It was not actually in the best of shape at the time. It needed major work and the non-profit foundation has done a wonderful job of restoring some of the art, trim, flooring to its original luster, according to what I've heard from friends in the city. When Andrew Carnegie himself laid the cornerstone in 1890, he said, "It is probable that this hall will intertwine itself with the history of our country,” and he was correct.
Many of my students, piano performers world-wide, and I will never perform on this illustrious stage. Perhaps for me the better thing to ponder after realizing that I will not perform on this stage is, does my music touch people here, right here, in my community? Is it from my heart, do I move them to something more, more serene, sharing peace, or to a different plane? Music has the ability to speak past the language of words. When my student plays so beautifully that I am speechless, or that I weep, I think it may have been a Carnegie moment.
Practice, practice, practice...
(For more information on Carnegie Hall, visit here)