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  • Anne Ozorio
    It s really interesting that they ve chosen Ives for the opening gala concert which marks the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall. This is big , big news,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 6, 2007
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      It's really interesting that they've chosen Ives for the opening gala
      concert which marks the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall. This
      is "big", big news, since the building is perhaps the top venue in
      London. So choosing Ives instead of more obvious popular stuff like
      Britten is interesting. Is it significant that the programme
      includes Birtwistle and Ligeti ? Probably not. A quick look at the
      programme for the rest of the year (til July 2008) is pretty
      depressing. They seem to have cut a lot of classical.

      On the other hand, tickets start at £100 and top at £500. ($!000)
      Obviously they are using FOUR different orchestras and one big choir,
      3 conductors and lots of soloists, so there will be lots of people to
      pay. Besides why not get the rich to contribute ? It is a historic
      occasion. And guess what ? It's sold out, too, which is a good thing.

      The Ives piece will be the Unanswered Question (Contemplation no 1) -
      don't know which orchestra or cnductor but suspect it will be Marin
      Alsop.


      Anne
      anne.ozorio@...
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