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Darn. [Sep. 11th, 2007|07:22 am]
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I found this really cool story about an opera that was performed in New York on the night of September 11 2001. From what I know, it was an out of town engagement, and even though all of Broadway had went dark this company of performers decided that those that came to see the show needed a distraction, so they didn't turn anyone away. They performed their opera, and refunded everyone their money as well.

Does anyone know more about this then me? I'm having a hard time finding any information on the net about it, even though that's where I originally found it.

In the mean time: There are approximately 226,000 trees in Central Park.


http://youtube.com/watch?v=CS3dvlYI32o

And the art of spinning a pen.
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[User Picture]From: everette1_
2007-09-11 12:51 pm (UTC)
I elborated on the pen.
I envy your eye.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 04:09 am (UTC)
:)
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[User Picture]From: theprimrosepath
2007-09-11 01:53 pm (UTC)
The MEt's 2001 season wasn't set to officially open till September 24th. After the World Trade Center disaster, they opened two nights early, on 9/22, and raised more than $2 million for disaster relief.The performance was even broadcast outside the opera; people gathered in the plaza to watch. The performance was Otello, with none other than Placido Domingo playing the lead. (Interestingly, Pavarotti cancelled later that same season, due to his health.)

All info taken from the Met's website. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 04:11 am (UTC)
Ooh! Was it the Met then? I guess I had some misinformation or I mixed it up between now and when I read the article.
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[User Picture]From: aongeli
2007-09-11 02:02 pm (UTC)
"And there's nowhere to hide from these thoughts from my mind, its cold in these bones of a man and a child..."

I fell in love with that show this summer. Must see.... Muuuust...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh it's goooooood. The live show is way better then the soundtrack.. and I love the soundtrack. =)
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[User Picture]From: aongeli
2007-09-13 04:45 pm (UTC)
you've seen it?!?!?!?

you suck.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 04:49 pm (UTC)
I do not. :)

I hadn't been back to New York since I lived there years ago.. and I went and I saw that, and Moon for the Misbegotten and The Pirate Queen, and Les Miserables. It was time for me to be back.

You know next fall they're doing a tour a national tour of SA?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 04:43 am (UTC)
He's gotta.
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[User Picture]From: luludi
2007-09-11 06:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not so sure...by the time of the performance, the southern tip of Manhattan was essentially restricted. People in Midtown, what could they do? Watch the event being repeated over and over again on TV? I imagine phone lines were still likely jammed. By that time some people probably needed a distraction.

I would think it a good thing if the opera company left it to the audience to decide if performing was appropriate. Grief and shock surfaces in many ways and I imagine many people were already so overloaded with the events that they needed to take their minds off of it for a few hours. Some may even show up in defiance of the terrorists' actions. So if people showed up, why not perform?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 05:13 am (UTC)
Agreed!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm gonna disagree with you. I think the arts are a wonderful way for people to connect with each other, and escape all at the same time. All of these people were going thru anguish and terrible fear, and they needed a couple hours away from the horrors that surrounded them. I doubt that people were hysterically laughing in thier seats. I think it was a way for people to connect beautifully and emotionally in a safe environment after a great deal of tragedy.

Much better then the show I saw by the Twin Towers the time I was dragged there when I lived in the city. There were people hawking tacky WTC snow globes and pendants to wear around your neck, and people and tourists laughing and getting thier pictures taken, giving thumbs up, making out, etc in front of ground zero.

Give me an opera any day over that.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yikes. That's.. something. He was solid.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 05:07 am (UTC)
Agreed. :)
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[User Picture]From: chillygator
2007-09-11 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hey! My two-year-old nephew was trying to sing me the Wonder Pets song! I thought of you. <3
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 05:32 am (UTC)
Aww!! =) It's a great one. How'd he do, Auntie?
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[User Picture]From: chillygator
2007-09-13 12:53 pm (UTC)
I think it was a combination of me never seeing it and him not speaking recognizable English at this point, but my sister had to tell me what it was. So cute. I'm pretty sure you'd have guessed it, though. Very quickly. (o:

What a creepy, creepy show.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 02:53 pm (UTC)
lol! You think Wonder Pets is creepy? You should watch Boohbah. haha! ;)
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[User Picture]From: chillygator
2007-09-13 02:56 pm (UTC)
What ARE those things?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 02:57 pm (UTC)
Baby crack.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-09-11 09:58 pm (UTC)
If I tried spinning a pen or anything else like that, someone would lose an eye.
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[User Picture]From: hassium
2007-09-12 12:02 am (UTC)
So thats what happened to Mad-eye Moody's other eye...

Sorry, I thought I would throw in a Harry Potter joke.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 06:25 am (UTC)
LOL. I giggled.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 06:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too. It's.. not a good idea. There'd be ink every where because I chew on the ends of mine. haha
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[User Picture]From: hassium
2007-09-12 12:01 am (UTC)
too much free time
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-09-13 06:23 am (UTC)
haha. ;)
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