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London  Royal Albert Hall site and New York Carnegie Hall site
The Official Standing Stone website has:
                  Wednesday evening, November 19th, live from Carnegie Hall, New York, Sir
                  Paul McCartney’s newest classical work entitled STANDING STONE will be
                  performed. STANDING STONE is a 75-minute symphonic poem inspired by
                  Celtic monoliths. Proceeds from the concert are being donated to "Save the
                  Music" foundation and "The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts".
                  STANDING STONE has been #1 on the Billboard Classical charts in
                  America and abroad for several weeks.

                  The live Webcast will feature an interview with Sir Paul McCartney which is
                  to include questions submitted by fans on the Internet. National Public Radio
                  (NPR) will broadcast the interview and concert on over 350 radio stations.

                  This event is a multi-media presentation including radio and Internet audio
                  broadcast across the World Wide Web. As expected there is a Web Site
                  for this event, using cutting edge technology. Fans are encouraged to visit
                  the Official Webcast site prior to the event for behind-the-scenes coverage
                  with Real Audio Real video, and the new Real Flash technology. The URL is

                  Traveller Information Services will produce the Internet multimedia portion of
                  the American premiere of Sir Paul McCartney's Standing Stone, his latest
                  venture into the realm of classical music. The concert is to be performed by
                  the Orchestra and Chorus of St. Luke's at New York's Carnegie Hall
                  Auditorium. The concert may also be viewed and heard live over the
                  Internet, making the it the largest single classical music event in history.

                  MPL Communications has selected Traveller Information Services to
                  produce this multifaceted presentation of radio, television, interview, and
                  Internet audio and video.

                  The website features a custom video document
                  called The Making of Standing Stone which explores Mr. McCartney's
                  journey into the classical music idiom. This well-produced documentary, of
                  particular interest to anyone with an interest in music of any style, is
                  engaging in its own right. The music featured on the website is from the EMI
                  Classics CD of Standing Stone.

                  The webcast will feature an interview with Paul McCartney which will take
                  place prior to the live presentation of Standing Stone from Carnegie Hall.
                  Visitors to this website may submit questions before the interview.

                  The Making of Standing Stone explores Paul McCartney's journey into the
                  classical music idiom. This well-produced documentary, of particular
                  interest to anyone with an interest in music of any style, is engaging in its
                  own right. The music featured on the video is from Mr. McCartney's
                  Standing Stone CD, which became the best-selling classical album in
                  history on the day of its release in September 1997.

When I get back from New York I will be putting a lot more stuff on here!

Paul and Linda before London premier
Before Standing Stone premiere at Royal Albert Hall
Photo © Copyright by Jorie Gracen

November  issue of the New Yorker.
A gift for melody is so rare that, in revenge, critics call it a craft. Of all the great songwriters, few have had the gift so distinctly as Paul McCartney.  Even fewer, perhaps, have seen it last so long. McCartney, like Irving Berlin, has managed to produce memorable tunes for a span of more than forty years.  (It is probably no coincidence that the two are among the least trained of the great songwriters; neither could read or write music.)  Through slumps and silliness, McCartney's melodies have never stopped coming, and they all still have
the self sustaining "Whistle me" quality they had when they first appeared, so many years ago.

A new, four-movement symphonic poem, "Standing Stone," which will be given it's New York premiere November 19th at Carnegie Hall and has already become a best seller on CD, is brought to a singing close by one more of those tunes.  After much Celtic panting and mooing, the last movement begins with a striking nine-note figure in the brass, which eventually, after many journeys, resolves into a love song.  It's a piercingly beautiful tune-not soaring but, rather, somehow floating, gently above the heads of the musicians and into the hearts of it's listeners.  It's an English song.  What one hears throughout "Standing Stone," in fact, is a nostalgic inventory of all the things, aside from the rock and roll, that a musically gifted teen-ager would have heard
growing up in Liverpool in the nineteen forties and fifties:  Elgar and Vaughn Williams, church hymns, film scores.  When the quality of Th. new work dips, as it does, oddly, in the most fevered passages, it sounds like a Russian-derived Dimitre Tiomkin-style music of fifties movies. When the quality picks up, as it does in the slower, chamber episodes, it sounds like English pastoral or sometimes, Christmas music.  Having written the soundtrack of the sixties, McCartney has now written a carol for the millennium.  Melody has many uses.