September 12, 2003 --
the doors open tonight on Judy and Arthur
Zankel Hall - New York's newest, high-tech concert auditorium,
two levels below Carnegie - don't be surprised if you hear the rumbling
of a passing BMT train.
a preview concert Wednesday, soprano RenŽe Fleming opened with an
unaccompanied song by John Corigliano, sounding crisp and clear; her
delectable soft tones carried easily, with no loss of focus.
Ax's piano rang out bell-like in Debussy, and Jennifer Koh's violin
was clean and articulate in Lou Harrison's "Concerto in slendro,"
punctuated by the sparkling rhythms of two tack pianos and percussion
(and, at one point, the soft rumble of the subway).
BMT could not compete, in any case, with the Kenny Barron Quintet
or the African-inflected Fula Flute Ensemble, both exuberant
and indicative of the wide-ranging programming in store for the winter.
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