As promised, I will take some time to write about Carnegie Hall, probably the most astounding music hall that I’ve ever had the pleasure of walking into. If you’ve read any of my previous New York posts, you’ll remember that I mentioned multiple times that there are several places in New York that are just so grand in scale that a photo can’t even capture it.
The is the Stern Auditorium. It really doesn’t look like much in this photo, but please don’t ever say it just looks like a bigger version of the Orpheum. The Orpheum is also a very spectacular music hall, but it just doesn’t compare in terms of grandness.
There are four mezzanine levels. Four. The reason I was at Carnegie Hall was to watch the Vienna Boys Choir perform. Christmas in Vienna showcases the child musicians performing Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs, and holiday favourites. They certainly are very talented.
The boys also are not all just from Austria. Many of them are from other parts of Europe, with even a few from Asia and one boy from the United States. Towards the end of the performance, the Choirmaster, Oliver Stech, told the audience how grateful they were to have the privilege to play in Carnegie Hall and that it was like a dream come true. And that they were going to sing a song to pay tribute to New York. And naturally, they sang Empire State of Mind – choir style. It was epic.
If you’re ever in New York, I would highly recommend seeing what’s playing in Carnegie Hall so you can experience that moment when you walk in to the auditorium and your jaw, just, drops.