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So Much Music, So Little Time


Before the Met, I used to go to lots of concerts...and a wide variety of them. This summer, for the first time in 15 years, I surrounded myself with a huge pile of concert brochures (as well as digging online) and ended up with a four-page list of things I wanted to hear this season. Then I spent a fortune on tickets. Funnest day ever. It’s all in the calendar, and the parade through the concert season has begun. I have a wardrobe of masks and the Clear App on my phone with all my vaccine info (happy that so many venues accept Clear - you breeze right through).


As I looked down the list of events, I noticed something. For the most part, it’s “really old and really new,” that is, I’m going to hear lots of early music and lots of new music. The things I’ve missed. For 15 years the music I’ve heard spanned the years between the late 18th century to the early 20th century - Mozart to Richard Strauss (with an occasional Handel thrown in on the early end and Adams or Glass on the late end). With an average of 80+ broadcasts of 25 operas per season for 15 years, that’s a lot of music all based on a similar harmonic language / underpinning. Without knowing it, my ears were longing for something different. Not to say I don’t have my fair share of singing, other favorites and some standard repertoire on the docket, but it’s definitely the minority.


And then there’s Brandi Carlile singing Joni Mitchell’s BLUE album at Carnegie Hall (yes, I was there) along with The Music Man and Company on Broadway and a few plays. Mask up, we’re going out!



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