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November Playbill Cover: Andrea Wang

This season's Carnegie Hall Playbill covers feature striking photos taken by some of our many talented audience members. The cover photo for the month of November features a close-up view of Stern Auditorium's Perelman Stage taken by Andrea Wang. Andrea was kind enough to tell us a little bit about herself and her wonderful photograph.

November 13 Playbill Cover

Q&A with Audience Photographer, Andrea Wang

How does it feel to have your photo featured on the cover of Carnegie Hall's November Playbill?

I am very, very flattered. Music has always been a large part in my life, and Carnegie Hall is *the* symbol of New York culture. My father would put on the radio or records in the attic, and I'd fall asleep to the sound of classical music above me. I played the viola quite seriously, in orchestras and chamber music through college, and even considered it as a career. So it's very special to have my photograph on the cover of the playbill. 

What kind of camera did you use to take the photograph?

I used a Canon 40D, which is a SLR (single lens reflex) digital camera. It is wonderful, but weighs about ten pounds! 

“ My father would put on the radio or records in the attic, and I'd fall asleep to the sound of classical music above me.”

Do you take photographs professionally, or just for fun?

I'm an architect by day. In my spare time, I take photographs of the city. Some of my photos have been published in magazines and as book covers. Photography is my serious hobby; it's one more (fun, exciting and creative) way of interacting with New York.

Do you live in New York City, or were you visiting Carnegie Hall from out of town?

I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For a long time, I lived on the Upper West Side in a tiny studio apartment, where the kitchen occupied two closets. There was a sink in one closet, and when you turned around, the stove was in another closet. No joke.

Which concert were you attending when you took the photograph on this month's cover?

I attended a concert by the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra. They did a fantastic job, performing Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

Do you have a favorite musician or group?

That's a tough one. Growing up, I adored the late violinist, Henryk Szerying. He made these recordings of the Bach Partitas and Sonatas that I would listen to, over and over.

Do you play a musical instrument?

I played the viola in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Youth Chamber Orchestra, through high school. Later, I was principal violist at Princeton for four years. There were times when I'd stay up all night in the architecture studio on a project, then run to a three-hour rehearsal. I haven't played in a while, but I feel that music is just under the surface of my skin.

Are you planning to come to Carnegie Hall this season? What are you looking forward to hearing?

Looking through the calendar and all its variety, I'd have a hard time choosing which concert to attend. I see the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is playing in early December. I've always loved their work.

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