Saturday, March 8, 2014

Day Three: Walking and Singing and Sightseeing...

The combined choirs starting their rehearsal for Monday's concert
"Well, I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more..."
 (The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be")

The lyrics from that song seem very appropriate based on our first days in NYC. This is a city that has tremendous energy and it is easy to walk miles with your body realizing it long before your mind does! Today was truly beautiful in terms of weather and we know how very lucky we are to have this weather! The temperatures were in the high 40's (maybe even broke 50 degrees) and it was a sunny day. Several chose to explore Central Park after the bus dropped us off around 9:30 a.m. and were able to see Strawberry Fields, pose on the bridge in honor of the movie "Enchanted", see the view from Belvedere Castle, see the Delacorte Theater near Turtle Pond, the Sheep Meadow (no sheep there any longer, of course!), The Wollman ice skating rink, Tavern on the Green (being renovated, so just an outside view), and ride the Carousel.

Dancing in Central Park: Why not?

The singers and Director, Michael Boswell, had to report for their first rehearsal for their Monday performance by 12:45, so a quick lunch ensued. A few chose the Brooklyn Diner as an accessible place to eat, but after realizing the higher prices, opted to split entrees. Great food, though! The singers had a very intensive 4-hour rehearsal with Hilary Apfelstadt, Conductor Laureate. The DCINY choir has a total of 190 women singers. A very different and enriching experience for our students! They rehearse again Sunday morning. 
Some of the SMWC Choir heading to their first rehearsal
Students on a break from rehearsal

Following rehearsal, the whole group had time for a very quick dinner in order to get to the subway station. Michael Boswell had reserved tickets for everyone for with featured guest ensemble The Antioch Chamber Ensemble, as part of the TENEbrae Series by TENET. The concert centered on music for Lent, which included Robert White's Lamentations of Jeremiah. The beautiful St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on West End Avenue provided the perfect backdrop for music dating as far back as the 1500's. There was a challenging few moments at the subway station where we learned you can only use the same metro card 4 times in one day, but it worked out and we got there in time for the concert!

For those on the trip who are not involved in the direct rehearsals/singing, some favorite locations to visit included: Grand Central Station Terminal, NYC Public Library, Empire State Building (a walk by), Macy's (9 floors in that store, featuring original wooden escalators!), American Girl Doll Store, with a wild cab ride back to meet the singers.

Tomorrow holds another busy day of rehearsing, more walking/sightseeing, and a dinner with the alumnae, SMWC Spring Break Outreach group members, and President King who are in NYC this weekend as well.

"Strawberry Fields Forever"...

Best $3 you can spend in Central Park
Photo Credit: Dr. Janet Clark (w/ students at Belvedere Castle in Central Park)

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