The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The start of the new concert season everywhere is a good time to learn about behind-the-scenes details at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

September 2, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Today, Sunday, will see the end of the 2011-12 concert season with an 4 p.m. afternoon performance of Bach, Mozart and John Harbison at the Token Creek Chamber Music Festival’s final performance. (Seating in the refurbished barn – shown below — has limited availability as of this writing. Check at for an update.

Then on Monday, the 36th annual FREE Labor Day concert by the Karp Family (below) will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and officially launch the 2012-13 concert season. The program includes Handel, Beethoven, John Harbison and Mendelssohn with a reading from Shakespeare.

Going from one season into another also seems like a very good and appropriate time to reflect on the most famous concert hall in the world – Carnegie Hall (a view from the stage of the main Isaac Stern auditorium is below) in New York City – and how you get there in terms of logistics, rental costs as well as how the iconic hall operates behind-the-scenes.

Here is a story done about Carnegie Hall (the exterior is below) for the “Deceptive Cadence” blog on NPR that The Ear found highly informative and very enjoyable. Maybe you will too:

Cheers to another successful new season!

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