Monday, April 12, 2010
We are back from our big adventure in New York City! I thought I would share some photos and a bit about our weekend. My daughter, Kennedy, did feel better on Friday morning, so our whole family was able to go. We drove up Friday morning and checked into our hotel, Park Central. It was a nice hotel across the street from Carnegie and two blocks from Central Park, so it was very convenient for us. I had a rehearsal at St Patrick's Cathedral, the largest Catholic cathedral in America, that night.
The next morning we had breakfast at the Broadway Diner and walked to Central Park. The kids enjoyed the playground, climbing all the rocks, and watching for the horse-drawn carriages. After the Park we walked down to Times Square and then over to Rockefeller Center. Kennedy, my mom and I went into the American Girl store and Colin, my brother and my husband went to Nintendo World. Both kids got a fix of their favorite things: dolls and Wii!
Taking Central Park by storm!
I then headed off to the dress rehearsal at Carnegie. My mom and brother brought Colin into the rehearsal so he could see what it was all about. After the rehearsal we all went to grab dinner at the Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien Hotel. Then it was time for the performance. My brother stayed with the kids at the hotel (Thank you Doug!!), and my mom and husband came to the performance. It was such an amazing experience to be a part of. My friends with whom I sing at Georgetown Presbyterian, Karla and Javier, had lead roles and they were so fabulous! I sang as a member of the chorus, which was the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir along with a few members of another NY chuch choir and some people from the DC area.
I am the first person on the left that you can see in the middle row of the chorus.
If you are interested in reading more about the opera itself and the composer here are two links to articles: here and here . The composer, Marcos Galvany, is Spanish and the opera, Oh My Son, was written using his remembrances of Easter and Lenten celebrations from when he was growing up. It is such beautiful, lyrical music and I am still singing the songs today!
I feel so lucky to have had this experience and I hope that if Oh My Son is performed again in another locale that I might have the chance to sing with the chorus again.
I hope to be back soon with a card. Thanks for letting me share my experience with you!