The new fall season is upon us, with the NY Phil opening it's season last week with Wynton Marsalis' new Swing Symphony and the Met Opera opening on Monday with Robert Lepage's new production of Das Rheingold (which received a decidedly mixed reaction in-house, as heard on the Met's free online stream.) Last night, the Vienna Philharmonic did the honors at Carnegie, performing an all-Beethoven concert with Lang Lang and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, presiding.
I didn't make it to any of those black-tie affairs (okay, I wasn't invited), but I will be at Carnegie tonight to hear the VPO - in my opinion, the world's greatest orchestra - in what should be a monumental performance of Bruckner's 8th symphony Smetana's Ma Vlast, also conducted by Harnoncourt. Over the weekend, LA Phil director Gustavo Dudamel takes over the reins, returning to the Carnegie podium for the first time since his triumphant concerts with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra three years ago. I'll be there on Sunday for the matinee concert with Dvorak's "New World" Symphony and Yo-Yo Ma playing Schumann's Cello Concerto.
All-in-all, a very exciting time to be in NYC.