Friday, June 22, 2012

New York Made Music at Make Music New York

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What organizers called The World Premiere of Philip Glass's "The New Rule" began around 6:30 p.m. A short vocal work, it was extracted from an opera and adapted for chorus—a chorus dubbed the Times Square Chorale, comprised of sight-reading volunteer singers, amateur and professional, who mostly created a backdrop of chords to support soloist Rachel Rosales. (You know in Philip Glass music when an instrument plays eighth notes, like "deet deet deet deet deet deet deet deet"? That was done by people.) They sang in the plaza at the foot of the TKTS booth staircase, gathered in a large circle, grouped by range. After the Glass, they ran through some of the choral repertoire—Mozart, Handel, Bruckner, Bach—before going over the Glass one more time. It was the best of the few events I saw: it involved New Yorkers making music together, being participants rather than consumers—it was active, not passive. (For the people who participated anyway, but one could enjoy the pleasure of participation vicariously.)

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