the public domain: rehearsal with Simon Halsey

the public domain invitationGet ready to mark your calendars! Last Friday we began weekly rehearsals for an exciting choral event to be held later this summer in NYC in the plaza at Lincoln Center. This Wednesday evening we had a special rehearsal with the delightful Simon Halsey — Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra — who will conduct the piece from atop a structure placed above the fountain in the center of the plaza (yes, the fountain will be turned off.) Intrigued? I am talking about the world premier of the public domain, conceived by one of my favorite composers, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang. It is inspired by the theme of the collective knowledge shared amongst us all. It will be performed on Saturday, August 13 at 5 pm by 1,000 volunteer vocalists from throughout New York City. We are rehearsing every week in five groups of 200 people each, all over the five boroughs. Then all 1,000 of us will perform together. (Talk about herding cats! Thank you production staff!) It is part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and will be a world premiere (plus, it’s free!) I hope you can come by and experience this amazing event with us!

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