There is a love-hate relationship between New York and the rest of the country, but New York is unarguably the city that sets the standards, the city in which all who have anything to do with the arts dream of working and succeeding.
Last night at Carnegie Hall, Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost.
Anybody who gets away with something will come back to get away with a little bit more.
When Callas carried a grudge, she planted it, nursed it, fostered it, watered it and watched it grow to sequoia size.
By and large, musicians respect New York audiences, and also are greatly concerned about New York reviews.
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