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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.


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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)
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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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