Glenn Korbel got himself along to the box office at Carnegie Hall and found that although there were people waiting, they were not queuing down the street. However, when it came to buy tickets, the amount of internet bookings meant that by the time he’d agreed with the box office assistant on a seat, the seat had gone! Glenn explained:
"How many?", the agent asked.
"Two," I said." The best you have."
"Eighth row center good enough?"
"O.K. That’s two for the 23rd. What’s going on?"
"They’re gone," he said. "I mean…they just disappeared."
He stared at his monitor and then said to the woman at the next window, "Is your computer acting squirrely?"
"Seats are there and then they’re not."
"Yep. Three times now."
"Must be ‘net sales… ," my guy opined. "Where were we?"
"Two. Whatever you have…"
"Eighth row again. This is soooo weird."
Glenn was finally able to get tickets and by that time, the waiting area "became a symphony of dialects. The only common sound was ‘Kristina’–pronounced one time as ‘Creasteena’; another as ‘Chris-tyna’ and a third, simply as ‘Ahhbah’."
Carnegie Hall – photo (c) wallyg
The hall is the Stern Auditorium and the concert dates are Wednesday, September 23, 2009 and Thursday, 24 September 2009. Both shows start at 8PM. The auditorium has a capacity of around 2800 people.
Tickets range in price from $40 to $115 and are available in person from the Carnegie Hall Box Office on 57th and 7th, by calling New York 212 247 7800 or from www.carnegiehall.org. There is a limit of 8 tickets per person via these methods.
Here’s a link to the Stern’s seating plan.