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Carnegie Hall becomes part-laboratory, part-pep rally when seven orchestras -- and many of their fans -- arrive this month for the inaugural Spring for Music festival. Each of the groups has been chosen for the adventurousness and artistic merits of its programs. Below are photos from the festival, which is being broadcast on WQXR.

The Carnegie Hall audience for Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's Spring for Music program on Friday, May 6.
The Carnegie Hall audience for Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's Spring for Music program on Friday, May 6. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presented 'The New Brandenburgs,' a project in which it commissioned six composers to write companion pieces for Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presented 'The New Brandenburgs,' a project in which it commissioned six composers to write companion pieces for Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Flutist Elizabeth Mann and pianist Christopher Taylor perform 'Sea Orpheus' by Peter Maxwell Davies.
Flutist Elizabeth Mann and pianist Christopher Taylor perform 'Sea Orpheus' by Peter Maxwell Davies. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
String players of Orpheus stand while playing Christopher Theofanidis's 'Muse' during the Orpheus concert Friday night.
String players of Orpheus stand while playing Christopher Theofanidis's 'Muse' during the Orpheus concert Friday night. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
A view from the 'Maestro Suite' high above the Carnegie Hall stage
A view from the 'Maestro Suite' high above the Carnegie Hall stage ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Crowds arrive for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's appearance at Carnegie Hall on May 7. Some 1,400 fans from Toledo came to the concert.
Crowds arrive for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's appearance at Carnegie Hall on May 7. Some 1,400 fans from Toledo came to the concert. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Fans from Toledo wave red hankerchiefs in the audience before the Toledo Symphony and conductor Stefan Sanderling.
Fans from Toledo wave red hankerchiefs in the audience before the Toledo Symphony and conductor Stefan Sanderling. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Stefan Sanderling, principal conductor of the Toledo Symphony conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 at Carnegie Hall.
Stefan Sanderling, principal conductor of the Toledo Symphony conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 at Carnegie Hall. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Benjamin Pryor, left, and David De Christopher, right, performing 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn. The Toledo Symphony and Stefan Sanderling are in the background.
Benjamin Pryor, left, and David De Christopher, right, performing 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn. The Toledo Symphony and Stefan Sanderling are in the background. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Peter Cross, left, and Benjamin Pryor, right, performing 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' with the Toledo Symphony and Stefan Sanderling.
Peter Cross, left, and Benjamin Pryor, right, performing 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' with the Toledo Symphony and Stefan Sanderling. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn, performed by The Toledo Symphony and conductor Stefan Sanderling.
'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour' by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn, performed by The Toledo Symphony and conductor Stefan Sanderling. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Stefan Sanderling, center, principal conductor with the Toledo Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
Stefan Sanderling, center, principal conductor with the Toledo Symphony at Carnegie Hall. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
The Albany Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at Carnegie Hall to perform a program of American spirituals.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at Carnegie Hall to perform a program of American spirituals. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Baritone Nathan De’Shon Myers joins the Albany Symphony and conductor David Allan Miller.
Baritone Nathan De’Shon Myers joins the Albany Symphony and conductor David Allan Miller. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Conductor David Allan Miller bows to baritone soloist Nathan De’Shon Myers.
Conductor David Allan Miller bows to baritone soloist Nathan De’Shon Myers. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
The Albany Symphony from behind-the-scenes at Carnegie Hall.
The Albany Symphony from behind-the-scenes at Carnegie Hall. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
The hometown crowd from Dallas shows their support by waving their colors in the air.
The hometown crowd from Dallas shows their support by waving their colors in the air. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads soloists Indira Mahajan (soprano), Kristine Jepson (mezzo-soprano), Vale Rideout (tenor), Rod Gilfry (baritone) and the Dallas Symphony.
Music Director Jaap van Zweden leads soloists Indira Mahajan (soprano), Kristine Jepson (mezzo-soprano), Vale Rideout (tenor), Rod Gilfry (baritone) and the Dallas Symphony. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Tenor Vale Rideout and baritone Rod Gilfry perform soloists as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964.
Tenor Vale Rideout and baritone Rod Gilfry perform soloists as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Steven Stucky's August 4, 1964. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
An usher holds Spring for Music programs in Carnegie Hall.
An usher holds Spring for Music programs in Carnegie Hall. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
The hometown crowd from Oregon creates a palpable excitement in the hall, showing their support with green handkerchiefs.
The hometown crowd from Oregon creates a palpable excitement in the hall, showing their support with green handkerchiefs. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Music director Carlos Kalmar conducts the Oregon Symphony in their Carnegie Hall debut.
Music director Carlos Kalmar conducts the Oregon Symphony in their Carnegie Hall debut. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Music director Carlos Kalmar conducts the Oregon Symphony in their Carnegie Hall debut.
Music director Carlos Kalmar conducts the Oregon Symphony in their Carnegie Hall debut. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Jazz composer Maria Schneider leads the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in her first composition, 'Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories' at Carnegie Hall.
Jazz composer Maria Schneider leads the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in her first composition, 'Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories' at Carnegie Hall. ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Dawn Upshaw was the soloist in Maria Schneider's  'Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories.'
Dawn Upshaw was the soloist in Maria Schneider's 'Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories.' ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
The violinists and violist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra stood to play Stravinsky's Concerto in D for strings
The violinists and violist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra stood to play Stravinsky's Concerto in D for strings ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Kent Nagano conducts the Montréal Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
Kent Nagano conducts the Montréal Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Members of the brass section of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra
Members of the brass section of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Members of the string section of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra
Members of the string section of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
Kent Nageno evokes a range of emotion from the Montréal Symphony Orchestra at Spring for Music
Kent Nageno evokes a range of emotion from the Montréal Symphony Orchestra at Spring for Music ( Melanie Buford/NPR )
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