the loser

This is how “preaching to the choir” might look, I thought, as I sat in the mezzanine, completely enthralled by the story that baritone, Rod Gilfry — who was terrific in Anna Nicole — sang to us last night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This was the world premiere of David Lang’s opera, the loser, based on…

the public domain, final rehearsal with Simon Halsey and Annie-B Parson

“Singing is the best example I can think of, of people who don’t necessarily know each other … form[ing] a community to create something.” — David Lang, quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding the public domain. I absolutely agree. I belong to many civic and arts organizations, and I have created the most diverse,…

the public domain: rehearsal with Simon Halsey

Get 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…

L.A. Dance Project

I first saw L.A. Dance Project at Montclair State University’s ambitious Peak Performances series. What drew me to them at that time was the music by composers I admire, plus the restaging of Merce Cunningham’s dance, Winterbranch. I was delighted by the dancers’ skill and the varied choreography of that evening. When I saw that they were…