In Sunday’s (11/28) Toledo Blade (Ohio), Sally Vallongo writes, “For most American orchestras a performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall is tantamount to winning an Olympic gold medal. Both feats require great talent, programming creativity, years of intense training, and deep-pocketed sponsors.  ‘Carnegie Hall is the Mount Olympus of classical music in the U.S.,’ said Stefan Sanderling, principal conductor of the Toledo Symphony. ‘It’s very important.’ The Toledo Symphony and Sanderling will ascend to this acclaimed musical peak at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7. … A fledgling Big Apple project called Spring for Music is playing angel for the TSO and six other extremely fortunate American orchestras. … Also chosen from 65 applicants were the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Oregon Symphony, and symphony orchestras from Albany, Atlanta, and Dallas. … Creativity of programming was a key element in being selected, said Bob Bell, former TSO president … For Sanderling and the TSO, this upcoming debut is a milestone, not a destination. ‘It’s not merely a one-night event but a necessary stop on the development that goes far beyond 2011. It proves that if you can dream it, you can do it,’ he told The Blade.”

Posted November 30, 2010