St. Lukes Orchestra and Osvaldo Golijov's Ayre

Music has been a welcome break from the work I've been doing for various projects in New York that are keeping me awake late into every evening. After verifying that I don't only "worship at the altar of St. Lawrence," Mai invited me to Carnegie Hall to see the Orchestra of St. Luke's perform Charles Wuorinen Flying to Kahani (World Premiere, Commissioned by The Carnegie Hall Corporation), Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, and Beethoven Symphony No. 2. Peter Serkin was the soloist, and I really enjoyed his playing. He hums rather loudly when he plays, and I saw a few people jerk (awake, presumably) during unusually loud outbursts. :)

I spent most of Saturday at the Rose Theater for yet another event in The Passion of Osvaldo Golijov (what they seem to be calling the festival). Dawn Upshaw and the Andalusian Dogs performed Ayre, "an arrangement of eleven songs ranging from Sephardic folk tunes to Semitic electronica to Arabic poetry," and it was AWESOME.

I thought of Vienna, Jim, and The Other Eric, who would have loved what they did with effects in Ayre. Michael Ward-Bergeman (whom I originally met on the La Pasion tour), shook down the house with his Hyper-Accordion, and a "cool geek" computer guy stood in the back and bopped around while he fiddled with his laptop.

I don't quite know how Dawn can be so expressive with her voice; it's amazing. I felt quite privileged for the opportunity to photograph the group -- and, to roam around the stage and theater during rehearsal.

After rehearsal, I took a short break to see Joe and Rachel Chang (Rachel made cookies!) before heading back to the theater to meet up with Livia and Claire for the actual performance. Steve surprised everyone by popping into town to see the show, and between him, Todd, Livia, and Claire, I think they knew just about everyone there. Sorry -- no social photos. I had just shot a few hundred images, and was just about photo'ed out.

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