Looks like we are not going to get Carnegie Hall for our 2006 Competition.
Negotiations for the space have proved more difficult and involved than imagined. There are many complexities having to do with the unions, liability and other requirements that were unexpected, prohibitive and a bit overwhelming. It's just not in the cards for this coming year.
Having a concert at Carnegie Hall is not outside the realm of possibility and it will take a lot longer to organize. I'll still explore ways to make this happen in the future and if we cannot, we'll plan for another venue. The Competition we pulled off this past spring was fantastic by all accounts and I'm looking forward to another.
I have another idea for this coming year. What if we were to have a Jazz and Big Band Competition? We could perhaps rent the Village Vanguard (which I have rented previously for a project), or the Blue Note, or some other jazz club?
Let me know what you think of this idea.