Sunday, October 19, 2008

You're Playing Where?

It's getting harder to hear the current crop of European soloists in North American concert halls, according to David Patrick Stearns in the Philadephia Enquirer.  Those that do are often making debuts in non-traditional venues. Israeli pianist David Greilsammer is no exception:
Rather than waiting for a U.S. presenter to take a chance on his trademark program of John Cage, Johannes Brahms and Gyorgy Ligeti, Greilsammer returned to New York last month at the New York City cabaret Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street in the West Village - Steinway and all. Not only were the 300-odd seats filled, but also the audience went home with free promotional CDs.
Sounds like classical promoters might be starting to think like their counterparts in the indie world.

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