"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Become a world famous orchestra, pianist, or singer—or, just cough up about $25,000.
Whenever a student or other amateur ensemble rents out Carnegie Hall, most seasoned New Yorkers groan and look the other way. After all, most of these unsanctioned visits tend to be vanity tours for the ensembles involved, stoked about traveling to the Big City to play on the World's Most Famous Stage (and maybe catch a matinee of Mamma Mia! while they're in town.)
Every now and again, however, a jewel can be found among this wasteland of student recitals and overdressed soloists. Case in point: last night's concert by the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble. Yes, Dorothy, the Jayhawks are known for more than just basketball: these kids have developed a reputation as one of the best wind bands in the land, with no less than four Naxos albums under their belt.