NEW YORK, HERE WE COME...
Abigail Mickelthwate, the always effervescent and entertaining wife of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra musical director Alexander Mickelthwate, couldn't resist sharing the obvious joke. But I can. So you'll have to wait for the punchline until I set it up for you and for her.
It's been two years now since the WSO proudly announced it will perform this spring at New York City's venerable Carnegie Hall.
That's the old news.
Here's the update.
So far, about 500 WSO fans have signed up through CAA Travel to fly to New York and be in the audience for the performance. WSO director of development Joanne Gudmundson was in New York Wednesday when she shared the news about the number of symphony supporters booked to cheer on the orchestra. Actually, WSO executive director Trudy Schroeder, marketing director Lisa Abram and Gudmundson were all in the Big Apple attending organizational meetings for the symphony's May 8 appearance, which is part of the weeklong Spring For Music Festival. The WSO is hoping even more Manitobans will be in Manhattan in May.
The orchestra will perform pieces from its New Music Festival, including Derek Charke's 13 Inuit Throat Song Games featuring throat singer Tanya Tagaq, WSO composer-in-residence Vincent Ho's The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie, as well as R. Murray Schafer's Symphony No. 1.
If you're interested in being there -- tickets for the appearance are only $25 -- check the WSO website or call CAA Travel directly. They can still arrange your flight and accommodation and three- to six-day packages centred on the Thursday-evening performance. CAA can also set up tours of the town.
For Alexander and Abigail Mickelthwate, being back in New York will be something of a homecoming. She's from L.A., he's from Germany, but they lived in Brooklyn when she was working as a men's-line designer for Ralph Lauren and Nautica. Since April, she's been doing the same for Winnipeg's own Mondetta.
They also dreamed of Alexander appearing at Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall.
Which brings us to Abigail's joke.
"A guy goes up to another guy on the street and says, 'Excuse me, sir. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?' And the other guy goes, 'Practise, practise, practise.' "
Afraid it's too late for that. I'm flying.
I'd suggest you do the same.
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THE RETURN OF TOM AND LARRY... The last time I saw local radio icons Tom McGouran and Larry Updike way back last summer, Tom was nearing the end of a year of being paid for not working anymore at 92 CITI FM, Larry had just left the CBC afternoon drive show and they were talking about making a comeback. That was nothing new for them. As a commercial radio team rocking and rolling and largely laughing their way through the early 1980s and into the mid-1990s, the team of Tom and Larry was hired and fired three times, which is the way that industry works. And now they wanted to go for four. Well, when the offers didn't come, Tom and Larry decided they'd create their own fun, as they always have, but with a difference this time. They're taking their tonsils and their quick-witted talents to the Internet.
Starting sometime next month, Tom and Larry will launch their weekday tomandlarry.ca show live and direct from Tom's kitchen in beautiful downtown Winnipeg. Just the two of them essentially verbally jamming and joking about anything any way they feel like saying it. After all, there are no radio rules on the Internet. And if you don't catch it live, you can play the show on demand on their website.
Of course you can always catch up to them on Facebook and they'll have an app available, too.
How, you might wonder, did a couple of Luddites like Tom and Larry put all this together without a budget?
The way the Beatles might suggest. With a lot of help from their friends.