Carnegie Hall
1st June 2002

Hayley performs at Carnegie Hall

Saturday I took the short trip from Rhode Island to New York City and Carnegie Hall to attend the Russell Watson Concert. Since I grew up right in that neighborhood and go to NYC quite often this was not an unusual undertaking. I enjoy listening to Russell Watson, but was really curious to hear Hayley live and in person. I did know ahead of time that her appearance would be brief. Hayley appeared prior to intermission and Lea Salonga was the guest artist after intermission. Among other things Lea was the voice of Jasmine in Aladdin and has appeared on Broadway and the West End in Miss Saigon. The orchestra was the New York Pops and the accompanying chorus was the Julliard Chorus. I enjoyed Russell Watson and will leave my comments on him to that since I suspect most are interested in Hayley.

To set the scene a bit if you are not familiar Carnegie Hall is in midtown Manhattan. The main hall at Carnegie Hall, is called the Isaac Stern Auditorium and is considered the premier classical music performance space in the United States since its opening in 1891. "The auditorium's striking curvilinear design allows the stage to become a focal point embraced by five levels of seating, which accommodates up to 2,804 people. The auditorium's renowned acoustics have made it a favorite of audiences and performers alike." "It has been said that the hall itself is an instrument," notes Isaac Stern. "It takes what you do and makes it larger than life." I can say personally that there is not a bad seat in the house having sat in the second row and fourth balcony in my several visits. The evening was warm and the doors were late in opening causing the crowd to overflow on to 57th street. There was a videocamera man from New Zealand taping the crowd as well as the Carnegie Hall Façade. Once inside the orchestra was arranged in a traditional manner and the chorus was seated behind the orchestra and numbered about 64 singers. All entrances and exits were stage right. The concert was not a sell out, but well attended. Hayley was introduced shortly before the intermission. She appeared with her hair down and straight in pink floor length gown that was either beaded or sequined. She did a duet of Pokarekareanna with Russell Watson. Hayley sounded great and blended well with Russell. They both remained unflustered by a loud two or three second ear splitting speaker feedback. The audience was very appreciative in their applause. Russell then said the "Hayley has been kind enough to agree to do another song" and left the stage. Hayley briefly remarked on Carnegie Hall and how much she was enjoying New York. She introduced You'll Never Walk Alone with a remark on the 100th anniversary of Richard Rodger's birth and burst into song. Her rendition was terrific and marred only IMHO by the chorus that drowned her out in spots. She concluded the song without the chorus and and finished with the lovely clarity that I have come to appreciate on her CD's. Again, the audience was most appreciative. In her brief appearance Hayley showed her charm and talent and left me with an appetizer that I hope to fill out when she returns for a Hayley concert. Lindsay, I am sure you will read this and you are welcome to post this on your web site if you wish.


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