It was a fun and impromptu evening with our friend Linda Vincent visiting from Botswana. Walking along 42nd street we were engulfed in the sounds of operatic melodies drowning out city noise and traffic.
It is one of many fun things that New York has to offer which makes New York what it is. The bustling center of the world with a moment to stop and smell the roses in Bryant Park accompanied by good song and music. Bryant Park Fall Festival is a free concert sponsored by Bank of America. THANK YOU BANK OF AMERICA!
The Metropolitan Opera, now in its 128th season, is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world. Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976. Maestro Levine is credited with having created one of opera’s finest orchestras and choruses. Visit www.metopera.org
We felt privileged to be in the company of outstanding talent and in such a beautiful setting.
Evan Huges – bass-baritone sang an enchanting melody from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific -“Some Enchanted Evening”.
Emali Savoy – soprano and Paul Appleby – tenor sang “Ma qual mai s’offre, oh Dei…. Fuggie, crudele. fuggi!” From Mozart;s Don Giovanni and many more.
VIEW OF THE EMPIRE BUILDING FROM BRYANT PARK
STATUE OF WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT
The history of the Bryant Park starts in the 19th century, when it was known as Reservoir square. It was named after the Croton reservoir that was constructed adjacent to the square in 1842. In 1853 the first American World Exposition was held here in Crystal Palace, a magnificent glass construction. Five years later, the palace was destroyed by fire.
In 1884 the square was renamed Bryant Park after William Cullen Bryant, a poet and lawyer. He was one of the most influential advocates for abolition of slavery in the United States and one of the forces behind the creation of Central Park.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.BryantParkFallFestival.org