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#ACOonTour: Keith in New York

Posted on 29 Apr 2015 by Neall Kriete

The lucky winner of our #ACO15 Subscriber competition – Keith – just got back from seeing the Orchestra perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. He tells us about his trip to the city that never sleeps.


Sunday afternoon in the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall – and there was a clear buzz in the sold-out room. When the ACO began playing it was clear that the band was in top form. Their Prokofiev was suave, and soloist Sharon Kam played the Mozart concerto beautifully – her body capturing every phrase.

This ACO performance was also the NY premier of Jonny Greenwood’s Water. Having heard this piece in the Opera House Concert Hall, I thought the intimacy of the smaller hall made for a magical sound.

After the performance, the ACO hosted a reception for NY and Australian fans who had travelled to hear them play. There was a real buzz in the room

This ACO concert was the culmination of a weeklong cultural binge in the city that never sleeps.

From the urban renewal of The High Line and the old Meatpacking District, to Stonewall Square (just one on many small parks across the city) to the bustle and vibe of Times Square, to the quiet of Central Park – NYC is an upbeat and sophisticated city with an edgy side that plays out in the ‘villages’ that make up this metropolis.

Thanks to the ACO, Virgin Australia, and The Paramount Hotel for making this memorable experience possible.