Two wonderful events with WQXR listeners in one day: first, a convergence at the "Play Me, I'm Yours" piano at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park. Lots of people turned up to listen -- and to perform!
We had two renditions of "Für Elise" ("Dla Elizy" in Polish, which I noted while turning pages for a young woman from Czestochowa who brought the sheet music with her), some Brahms, some boogie-woogie, some Rachmaninoff, some jazz -- even a couple of original compositions. Performers included Paula Skutnick-Henley, a composer who happened to be visiting from Philadelphia; Victor Goldberg, a concert pianist whose girlfriend called him from the site and got him to come down; and New York Public Radio's own Dmitriy Krasny, who's on a mission to tickle the plastic ivories of all 60 "Play Me, I'm Yours" pianos.
Jeff Spurgeon and I also sang a little. You can see it all on the videos.
In the evening: WQXR's first event for singles 40 and over -- a wine and hors d'oeuvres party before the New York Philharmonic's magnificent performance of Lindberg and Beethoven. Terrific people, food, conversation and music that left everyone asking when we were going to do it again. The answer: soon!
New York certainly does have great music, and WQXR has great listeners. Thanks for playing us. We're yours.