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"Carnegie Hall Live" Gala Off Due To Stagehand Strike

UPDATE, October 2, 11:17 a.m.: American Public Media will broadcast last year's Carnegie Hall concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra in place of tonight's Opening Night Gala.

UPDATE, October 2, 10:30 a.m.: Tonight's Opening Night Gala at Carnegie Hall has been canceled due to a strike by the IATSE (International Alliace of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local One stagehands. Host Fred Child reports there is the possibility of a broadcast from an alternate venue, as the Philadelphia Orchestra plans a free concert at the Kimmel Center in their home town.

Original Post:

Last year, KPAC 88.3 FM listeners were treated to prime seats at Carnegie Hall through a series of live broadcasts from the famed venue.  Hosts Jeff Spurgeon (WQXR) and Performance Today's Fred Child did a great job of making the concerts into real events, commenting on the performances with an enthusiasm usually reserved for top-ranking sports teams, and interacting with the audience in real-time through Twitter and Facebook. It made for exciting listening!

American Public Media and WQXR-FM have announced their 2013-2014 concert series, and KPAC and KTXI listeners will again have the opportunity to hear these terrific performances live, as they happen.

Some of the highlights this year include newly-named MacArthur "Genius" Jeremy Denk playing Mozart with the San Francisco Symphony, and an afternoon recital with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax.

The season opens with the Philadelphia Orchestra, joined by violinist Joshua Bell and guest vocalist Esperanza Spalding, in concert for Carnegie Hall’s “Opening Night Gala” on Wednesday, October 2 at 6 p.m. on KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM. Tune in, and follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #CHLive.

The program:

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS – Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
ESPERANZA SPALDING – Apple Blossom (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
LEONARDO GENOVESE – Chacarera (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
DIMITRI TIOMKIN – Wild is the Wind (arr. Gil Goldstein, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

“Carnegie Hall Live” on KPAC and KTXI is made possible in part by Musical Arts Center of San Antonio.

Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.