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#1015464 - 03/17/07 06:32 PM "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
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Hey Guys! I'm back from my awesome (and first) trip to New York City!


My group stayed at the Hotel 57 (next to Steinway \:D ) It was a beautiful hotel. I went up and asked the person at the desk if I could play the piano. I started Mozart's Fantasia in D minor. As I started the first run down the piano, another employee was very rude in telling me that only hired pianists may play the piano (Young Chang...very nice). He nearly shut my fingers in the Fallboard.


I was fortunate to see 2 Broadway Shows....

The Phantom of the Opera. My choir director was sitting behind me and kept telling me how the Phantoms opera was in the whole tone scale.

and


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee...

This is the funniest things I have seen in a long time. You have to see this! A senior from my choir was in a tux and got picked to spell. His first word was Mexicans \:D


Yesterday, it did sleet and the slush was terrible. As my group tried to convince the chaparone to get a cab, one of the members of my group noticed a "Limo Availible" Sign. For 5 dollars each, we went 12 Blocks in a limo.
I also went to Steinway Hall. I spent about 2 hours going to all the showrooms and playing. One room had over 26 GRAND pianos in it!

(Please Excuse the Pics quality... they were taken on my cell phone)








I bought 3 ties for 10 dollars. When I went to pay for them, I payed with a 50. The cashier gave me 10 dollars change. 50-10 is not 10... He moved on to the next customer quickly. I quickly interjected and demanded the correct change. He "apparently" did not speak english too well. I got my father (a chaparone) over and we straitened it all out.

I did not go to Juiliard because everybody wanted to go to Trump Tower and Nike Town.

My last visit was to the Sony building. There was a robot that was very funny. I found out that someone was controlling him. I asked him if he knew Rachmaninoff, he said he did. I asked him what he was famous for, he said he didn't know.


There was too much to do in New York. I can't wait till next year to go back.

Thanks for everybodies suggestions and tips on how to get around...

Matt

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#1015465 - 03/17/07 06:55 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
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Sounds like great fun, Matt! And being thrown off a hotel lobby piano is a badge of honor in the AB forum. \:D

Sorry the weather turned bad on you. Hope it wasn't too gruesome getting back home.

Are you going to learn some pieces from Phantom after you got to see it in person?
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#1015466 - 03/17/07 06:55 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8482
Loc: Ohio, USA
sounds like a nice trip there and they're nice pictures! wish you could have played on the piano longer! actually they should have hired you as the pianist playing there.

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#1015467 - 03/17/07 07:10 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
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Here are a few songs from my choirs concert...

http://www.box.net/shared/y36fsdya9r

My dad was nice enough to bring the zoom and record. I only posted half because the reverb is terrible in the Chapel we preformed in.

Matt

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#1015468 - 03/17/07 07:32 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:

Are you going to learn some pieces from Phantom after you got to see it in person? [/b]
I would love to learn the Aria that Christine sings...

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#1015469 - 03/17/07 07:52 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
gerg Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Posts: 1651
Loc: Houston, TX
I bought 3 ties for 10 dollars. When I went to pay for them, I payed with a 50. The cashier gave me 10 dollars change. 50-10 is not 10... He moved on to the next customer quickly. I quickly interjected and demanded the correct change. He "apparently" did not speak english too well. I got my father (a chaparone) over and we straitened it all out.

Typical example of character/morals in New York.

Still, glad you had a good time!
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#1015470 - 03/17/07 08:19 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
J. Mark Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 1323
 Quote:
Originally posted by gerg:
I bought 3 ties for 10 dollars. When I went to pay for them, I payed with a 50. The cashier gave me 10 dollars change. 50-10 is not 10... He moved on to the next customer quickly. I quickly interjected and demanded the correct change. He "apparently" did not speak english too well. I got my father (a chaparone) over and we straitened it all out.

Typical example of character/morals in New York.

Still, glad you had a good time! [/b]
I'm always amused when people from somewhere else want to insult the "character/morals" of people in New York. I think it says a lot about the subject that the opposite is very rare.

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#1015471 - 03/17/07 08:34 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
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 Quote:
Originally posted by gerg:
I bought 3 ties for 10 dollars. When I went to pay for them, I payed with a 50. The cashier gave me 10 dollars change. 50-10 is not 10... He moved on to the next customer quickly. I quickly interjected and demanded the correct change. He "apparently" did not speak english too well. I got my father (a chaparone) over and we straitened it all out.

Typical example of character/morals in New York.

Still, glad you had a good time! [/b]
I didn't mention any of the nice people in NYC

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#1015472 - 03/17/07 08:36 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
Thalamus Offline
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Registered: 02/16/07
Posts: 114
Loc: Canada
Limousines and Steinways! Sounds like a first-class trip!

Matt I think that picture of your face in front of the Steinway is priceless! As Monica said, getting kicked off a piano is like a rite-of-passage \:D

Glad you had a nice time!

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#1015473 - 03/17/07 08:44 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
katefields Offline
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Registered: 12/07/06
Posts: 41
Loc: Felts Mills, NY
Glad you had a good time, Matt! Too bad the hotel attendant didn't let you finish; maybe he should have offered to pay you instead of shutting the lid on you!

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#1015474 - 03/17/07 08:54 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
op30no3 Offline
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Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 360
Loc: Rochester, NY
Hey man, I may have never been kicked off a hotel piano, but I did get kicked off a mall piano, so indeed, you'll have to get that guy's name and someday play for him and rub it in his face! Definitely a merit badge for a pianist.

Glad you had an awesome time; were the ties musical by any chance? I got a tie with Tchaikovsky's fourth symphony score at Laguardia airport last time I was there. \:\)
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#1015475 - 03/18/07 08:00 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
Oxfords Gal Offline
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Registered: 11/21/06
Posts: 1553
Loc: Jacksonville, Florida
Matt, glad you had a good time. I am excited for you.

Sorry to hear about that guy kicking you off the piano though, Monica, had the same experience not too long ago. Those two incidences right there are enough to keep me away.

About the tie situation well it happens everywhere it's happened to me many times in my lifetime and I don't think it's intentional. Human error is bound to happen. He probably didn't think a kid would be carrying a 50, didn't bother to look thinking it was a 20. He didn't pay attention to details seems to me.

He could have also been trying to rip you off but don't think "Only in NY" because it's not. We have good and bad people living everywhere on this earth.

You made me so excited I'm thinking of going to NY later this year God willing.
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#1015476 - 03/18/07 09:03 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
DragonPianoPlayer Offline
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Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 2368
Loc: Denver, CO
Very nice Matt, I'm glad you had a great time.

By the way, how impressive was the chandelier scene during Phantom?

Rich
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#1015477 - 03/18/07 09:19 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
 Quote:
Originally posted by DragonPianoPlayer:

By the way, how impressive was the chandelier scene during Phantom?
[/b]
Very impressive! It was amazing! I did an acting class the next day with the Phantom and an understudy from Spelling Bee.

Matt

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#1015478 - 03/18/07 09:49 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
gmm1 Offline
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Registered: 06/03/06
Posts: 1674
Loc: Spokane WA
Nice report on your NYC visit, Matt. You have now played a Stienway in NYC, something I will only dream about.

Don't feel too bad about the nice lady closing the door. She was probably thinking you would appreciate the privacy and reduce background noise so you could hear the piano. At least, that's how I would take it.

Not only does my wife shut doors, she suggested I relocate to the basement for practice, you know, for the privacy.

And, the guy at the hotel who made you stop playing probably was afraid he would have to pay you, and was trying to save the hotel some money, as you play like a pro.

It's all in how you look at it, eh?

Nice report on what will become one of your life memories.
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#1015479 - 03/18/07 07:10 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
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Registered: 07/05/05
Posts: 1163
Matt I'm very happy that you had a great trip. Maybe next time you'll be able to stay longer.

Good for you - getting the correct change, some of those street vendors selling gloves, ties, hanbags etc. are not always on the up-and-up.

It's the hotel's loss in not allowing you to play, but you did get to play during your visit to Steinway that must have been so much fun and something to look back on. Who knows, maybe one day you'll play at Carnegie hall. \:\)

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#1015480 - 03/18/07 07:44 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
DeepElem Offline
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Registered: 04/27/06
Posts: 366
Loc: USA
Congratulations on what sounds like a great trip Matt !!

What did you think of the Steinway pianos you played ?
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#1015481 - 03/19/07 08:56 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
vogel54 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/07
Posts: 308
Loc: Long Island
Hi Matt,
I am glad that you had a great time in NYC. Sorry that you had to endure a street seller. We New Yorkers should have warned you about them. The guy knew exactly what he was doing. You NEVER buy ANYTHING from a street seller as the goods are usually stolen, knock offs or just plain junk. He also knew that you were a minor and wouldn't challenge him/her. Having dad there was a good idea. Remember, in my post to you, I stated that when in NYC you need to look determined and confident. Street vendors are NOT a true representation of what NY is all about or its people for that matter. New Yorkers are VERY helpful and kind. The guy/gal who sold you your tie was probably NOT from New York City! AND... just like getting thrown off the piano in the hotel lobby is a rite of passage? Getting ripped off in NYC by a street vendor says that you are an official tourist and survived the sale! Congratulations!
I also listened to your choir and a wonderful program at that. I hope that your next trip will be as wonderful as the first and don't let the Street vendors ruin your visit. It's a great story to tell when you return home. Actually, street vendors purposly do that so that you DO have stories to tell...ha ha ha.

Best Regards,
Nick

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#1015482 - 03/19/07 01:19 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
tjbsb Offline
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Registered: 01/29/07
Posts: 256
Loc: Houston, TX
 Quote:
Originally posted by J. Mark:
 Quote:
Originally posted by gerg:
I bought 3 ties for 10 dollars. When I went to pay for them, I payed with a 50. The cashier gave me 10 dollars change. 50-10 is not 10... He moved on to the next customer quickly. I quickly interjected and demanded the correct change. He "apparently" did not speak english too well. I got my father (a chaparone) over and we straitened it all out.

Typical example of character/morals in New York.

Still, glad you had a good time! [/b]
I'm always amused when people from somewhere else want to insult the "character/morals" of people in New York. I think it says a lot about the subject that the opposite is very rare. [/b]
Crooks/con-artists are no more common in New York than anywhere else. I have lived there for months at a time and found mostly honest people that are a pleasure to do business with. The same can be said for every other city I have lived in for more than a few weeks at a time -- Houson, Chicago, Portland OR, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

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#1015483 - 03/19/07 04:28 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 2167
Loc: Blackpool, UK
Congrats on the trip Matt...sounded kool


and you've earned your first stripes being kicked off that lobby piano ;\)

been there, done that, got the...T Shirt


regards


Lee \:\)
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#1015484 - 03/19/07 08:39 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
 Quote:
Originally posted by DeepElem:
Congratulations on what sounds like a great trip Matt !!

What did you think of the Steinway pianos you played ? [/b]
I was like a kid in a candy store ( in this case, a kid in a piano store \:D )

Here are a few other pics of Steinway that my dad took...










This is the piano where I got my first ever thrown off a hotel lobby piano award.




Here are a few from the limo that we took during the snow that almost kept us in New York for another half-day...






Matt

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#1015485 - 03/19/07 09:01 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
P.S. the piano I got kicked off of was a beautiful Young Chang (5th Photo)
It was very nice sounding but nothing compared to the Steinways.

Steinway Hall is the Mecca of the Piano World, I hope this is the first of many pilgramages there \:D

P.P.S. If Steinway Hall is Mecca, what would be the Piano World's Medina? \:D

Matt

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#1015486 - 03/19/07 09:16 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
Lisztener Offline
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Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 921
Way to go Matt!

Steinway Hall is at the top of my list for our next visit to the big apple.

Super pics!

G'luck!
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#1015487 - 03/19/07 10:13 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
Posts: 3857
Loc: North Groton, NH
Nice pictures, Matt, thanks for posting them.
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay here.
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#1015488 - 03/20/07 05:53 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
Seaside_Lee Offline
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Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 2167
Loc: Blackpool, UK
Matt...Thats done it!!! :rolleyes:

Now I've got to go to New York )


Steinway Hall just looks amazing...OMG!!!


kool pictures thanks


regards


Lee \:\)
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#1015489 - 03/20/07 10:20 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
IrishMak Offline
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Registered: 01/20/06
Posts: 1614
Loc: New Hampshire, USA
 Quote:
Originally posted by Debussy20:
Here are a few songs from my choirs concert...
[/b]
Very nice, Matt! I loved the arrangement of Personent Hodie! I'm used to singing it much faster and more "punchy." That was lovely.

The a capella treatment on Oh, Shenandoah was very nice, indeed. One of my favorite folk songs.

I also have to complement your group on their diction- even in that rather reverberent hall, it did not get lost or sloppy sounding. Your director evidently flogs you well!! LOL
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#1015490 - 03/20/07 10:21 AM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
U S A P T Offline
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Registered: 10/20/06
Posts: 1645
Loc: An Indiana University
I had my New York City debut in 1980 as a runway model.


At LaGuardia.
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#1015491 - 03/20/07 06:23 PM Re: "MY" New York City Debut
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
 Quote:
Originally posted by IrishMak:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Debussy20:
[qb] Your director evidently flogs you well!! LOL [/b]
Shes a very high-strung person that drinks a little TOO much coffee! At 4:00 in the morning the day we left she was still in her high pitched smiling voice while most of us were asleep on the bus.

A cool thing is that she has connections to almost every major music conservitory in the U.S. A freind of hers from Curtis (a theory teacher i think) even came to our concert (held outside of Philly).

Matt

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