GARMENT DISTRICT, MANHATTAN: Orchestras are people too! Just like the multiple bands of metalheads, siren songwriters, and jazzy jazz cats, they need a place to rehearse other than the live venue where they finally shine.
One of New York City’s most versatile and forward-thinking ensembles is the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), which makes it a point to produce free concerts in each of the five boroughs in addition to its annual Carnegie Hall series and myriad other appearances — totaling about 70 concerts a year. But with 90 or so musicians on its roster, getting together to practice means more than just calling up Smash Studios and booking The Showcase Suite for a couple of hours.
Occupying the first three floors of a six-storey building shared with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the recently completed DiMenna Center for Classical Music provides an exemplary home for Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
It also adds live music momentum to the stir caused by the opening of the Jungle City recording complex, providing music rehearsal, recording, broadcast, teleconferencing, educational and streaming facilities