We walked by the Mannes School of Music on West 85th Street, as the sky was darkening and glowing that beautiful electric blue, and were drawn right inside by the sound of lovely music. We skipped our dinner plans and instead enjoyed a concert by the students of Susan Woodruff Versage who were performing an Evening of Opera Excerpts. Ms Versage accompanied them on piano.
These students have splendid voices, great talent and were lively performers with the beautiful grace of youth. Exerpts from 13 operas were performed. This was a true pleasure.
There is so much excellent free music available in New York, it would be smart to check out all of the music schools performance schedules and select some free concerts in these difficult financial times.
Don’t let the financial downturn limit the pleasures of music and art. It is probably just what you need to better cope with the present times.
Here are some schools and others ideas to check out:
The Julliard School of Music, The Mannes School, The NY Philharmonic Open Rehearsals, The Manhattan School of Music. Remember, the Metropolitan Museum of Art still has a pay-what-you-wish entrance policy.