A Comeback Concert

Carnegie Hall, May 19, 2013 (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)


Carnegie Hall, on the appointed afternoon, was a madhouse. The place was packed to the gills, with more than the ordinary concert-going crowd. There were famous musicians, including Itzhak Perlman and Marilyn Horne. There were billionaires and socialites. There was musical press from all over. And, of course, there were ordinary concertgoers. What’s more, the Met would broadcast the concert over the radio.

On the stage was a strange-looking structure: short walls, where the podium should be. Would the walls serve as a kind of enclosure for a wheelchair? I turned to the critic sitting behind me and said, “I have no idea how this will go. It could be a triumph or a disaster. I simply can’t predict.” Neither could she.

June 17, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 11

Special Energy Section
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Jonah Goldberg reviews The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure, by Kevin D. Williamson.
  • Theodore Dalrymple reviews Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld.
  • Galen Mac Caba reviews Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century, by Christian Caryl.
  • Jay Nordlinger discusses James Levine, one of the great conductors of our age.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Star Trek: Into Darkness.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses summer weeds.
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