Last night was great: Michelle and I went to an ACO celebration of John Adams’s 60th birthday at Carnegie Hall, with the composer conducting three of his own works. The second half was a positively blistering and wonderful performance with Leila Josefowicz of the Violin Concerto — that girl can play! Tickets were cheap, for Carnegie: they ranged from $16 to $43, and our seats right in the front row (once a Prommer…) were $35 apiece.
And yet the hall was far, far from being sold out, the presence of a lot of the composer’s friends notwithstanding. I don’t think this is a problem with Adams, or with contemporary music; I do think it’s a problem with Carnegie Hall. I get lots of mail from them telling me what’s happening in May 2008, and there are lots of concerts coming up which look great but which don’t go on sale for months. (Unless you buy a subscription.) But when individual tickets do go on sale, Carnegie never seems to let me know.