The Tibet House Benefit Concert is one of my favorite musical events of the year; it’s one of the few times concert goes get to hear a wide variety of music, including rock and punk performed at Carnegie Hall.
For the benefit’s twentieth incarnation, Philip Glass brought together a wonderful lineup including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gogol Bordello, Regina Spektor and more. The performances benefit the Tibet House, an organization dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.
My personal highlights of this year’s lineup were Irish singer-songwriter Pierce Turner and New York’s very own Regina Spektor, whose rendition of “Laughing With” from her 2009 album Far was simply breathtaking.
Concert Photography Notes
I have mixed feelings about shooting at Carnegie Hall. Even though the Tibet House benefit concert is one of my favorite shows year-to-year, shooting a live performance at Carnegie Hall means you’re stuck standing at the back. The waaaay back. If you don’t have at least a 300mm lens with a widest aperture of at least f/4.0 you’ll get next to nothing.
I was packing the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 with a 2.0x teleconverter to give me an affective reach of 600mm with a maximum aperture of f/5.6. Such a large lens also necessitated the use of a tripod with a sturdy ball head such as the BH-40 from Really Right Stuff.
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