This year I managed to see three great concerts for MMNY 2018.
At the 53rd Street Library I saw Nicola Mills. She passed out a request sheet, and I asked her to sing “Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” from La Boheme: it brought mist to my eyes. She also sang songs from Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music, which led to little ones smiling and singing along.
I then went to Bryant Park and saw an extraordinary group of young people from the ensemble Face the Music play contemporary chamber music. One piece, a duo for violin and cello, reminded me of Aaron Copland. I asked the cellist, I think he was twelve or thirteen, who wrote it. “My sister”, he said modestly!
Finally, at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, I saw the premiere of “Twilight Chorus (for Humans)” by Pete M. Wyer. Wyer was inspired by the research of Shigeru Miyagawa that the origins of human language resembled bird songs. I always look for pieces that are site specific, and this one was beautiful. One could wander around along with the singers to capture the voices converging from different places across the garden. I tried to avoid the camera, and think I succeeded, as I could not find myself in the video made of the event above:).