The saying goes: if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Making it just got a whole lot easier for the city’s smaller music groups this spring with the opening of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Conceived as a permanent home for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, with new administrative offices, and lounge and café areas, the building also provides much-needed rehearsal and performance space for the New York City’s peripatetic arts organizations. The $37 million, 20,000 square-foot space located on West 37th Street near the new Highline features two large rehearsal rooms, a small ensemble room, and two practice rooms, all connected to a central media studio for easy video and audio recording. Much was afoot on a recent afternoon when Symphony magazine paid the DiMenna a visit. Pianist Joyce Yang was finishing up tracking for her debut CD on Avie Records, while singers in the Bel Canto at Caramoor Young Artist mentoring program attended lectures and master classes in preparation for the Caramoor International Music Festival this summer, where the OSL serves as orchestra-in-residence. Later that night, a quartet from OSL performed in Mary Flagler Cary Hall as part of the organization’s Subway Series, which offers free concerts in all five boroughs. See highlights from that visit below.
June 16, 2011