MY TALENTED FRIENDS: CARNEGIE HALL PERFORMERS

Every once in a while I sit back and think, “I know some talented folks.”  And I’ve actually worked with them. What a blessing having so many talented friends. All of those pictured in the montage have performed at Carnegie Hall at least once…some more than once. Top row from left: Seunghee Lee, Ashley Bell and Clare Maloney. Second row from left: Annette Homann, Deni Bonet and David Goldman (Upcoming debut in April). Third row from left: Matt Smallcomb, Harriet Stubbs and Alicia Svigals. 

“CLASSICALLY EXPOSED” CO-PRODUCER DAVID GOLDMAN at CARNEGIE HALL

I’m thrilled to see that my friend and one of “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie to the Cell’s” Executive Producers, David S. Goldman will be appearing at Carnegie Hall on April 22nd. David will be performing in the Indie Collaborative’s “Celebrating Earth Day in Song.”

For tickets CLICK HERE 

IRISH TENOR JOHN MCCORMACK and “DANNY BOY”

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“Danny Boy” has been performed at Carnegie Hall 82 times; Irish tenor John McCormack performed in the Hall 53 times. So, can you imagine how many times McCormack sang “Danny Boy” at Carnegie….never. He didn’t like “Danny Boy.” He did, however, co-write a song, “Oh Mary Dear” with his pianist Harry Schneider to the tune of “Londonderry Air,” which is Danny Boy’s melody. He performed the song at Carnegie Hall in January 1933.

Here’s how it starts:

“Oh Mary dear, a cruel fate has parted us.

I’ll hide my grief, e’en though my heart should break.”

And here’s McCormack singing it: O Mary Dear 

VAN CLIBURN’S GRAMMY AWARD WINNING PERFORMANCE

When I was a young boy my mother introduced me to classical music. The first album she bought was also the first Grammy award winning classical album, which included Van Cliburn’s performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1. The album was recorded at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1958. Twenty-three-year old Cliburn, who had recently won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958, performed a number of encore pieces that evening. One of them was written by Robert Schumann and arranged by Franz Liszt…and one of my favorites….it’s called “Widmung.” And if you listen carefully, you’ll hear some Schubert at the end. Here’s Cliburn’s Widmung

CARNEGIE HALL’S GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SEASON, 1940-1941

 

Carnegie Hall’s first public concert was performed on May 5, 1891. Fifty years later they featured the man whom the Hall was named for and the person most responsible for bringing the Hall into existence, Andrew Carnegie. 

Here’s what the Golden Anniversary cover of the program looked like, including the musical program of December 3rd, 1940, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. I also notice that my good friend Joe McElligott’s grand uncle, Fire Commissioner John J. McElligott’s “Fire Notice” is included in the program. 

A few years earlier, in 1937, my grandfather Charles F. Hale, a member of the FDNY, received an award for bravery at City Hall. It was handed to him by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and Joe’s commissioner uncle, John J. McElligott. It’s a very big city, but at times it’s a very small world. 

FROM CARNEGIE HALL to THE CELL, DECEMBER 13, 2019, 7:30PM

The final show of the 2019 series, “Classically Exposed: From Carnegie Hall to the Cell,” will be performed at the Cell on December 13, 7:30pm. 

The show, written and created by Charles R. Hale, pays homage to some of Carnegie Hall’s great performers and performances including the music of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, Leonard Bernstein, Fritz Kreisler,  Benny Goodman, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf and Marian Anderson, John McCormack, Giacomo Puccini, and more. 

We’ve assembled an outstanding group of musicians for the event: Seunghee Lee (Sunny)/clarinet, Baron Fenwick/piano, Robert Mack/vocals, Jiin, Yang/violin and Clare Maloney/vocals.  Charles R. Hale created and narrates the show. 

Tickets, which are $20, and additional information can be purchased by clicking here

UCD CHORAL SCHOLARS at CARNEGIE HALL, FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Exactly five years ago, in March of 2014 Niamh Hyland, Artists Without Walls and I presented the University College Dublin Choral Scholars at historic St Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Chelsea section of New York City. Led by Director Desmond Earley, the Choral Scholars performed a program entitled Songs of Farewell: Sailing Away.  Beginning with Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil,” followed by traditional  and contemporary music, the Choral Scholars captivated the audience with their brilliant sound.
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This Friday night you can hear and see the Choral Scholars when they make their Carnegie Hall debut. Here’s a link to tix and the event: UCD Choral Scholars at Carnegie Hall
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“What a heavenly evening last night, a place to listen to the music of  worlds we don’t  always  remember we inhabit. And what a program; unearthly voices singing songs of the ordinary life we know, love and quarrel with, and thrill too as well. Thank you to Artists Without Walls for putting all of us together – audience singers, music. What an inspiration. We are truly very grateful.” Kathleen Hill, author of “Who Occupies This House.”

 

FABULOUS PRESENTATIONS: 650’s “OUTTA IRELAND,” A CARNEGIE HALL EVENT

What a fabulous day at 650Read’s “Outta Ireland” event, which was part of Carnegie Hall’s “Migrations” series. Ed McCann, 650’s founder, emceed the event, which included a number of great readers and writers, among them my friends Jack O’Connell, Colin Broderick, Malachy McCourt and Maura Mulligan.