Bliss is in My Future

Last night, our choir sang with the soprano soloist who is going to be singing with us at our Verdi Requiem concert on Friday. I just emailed a bunch of people about it. She was so astounding our conductor left the podium, walked up to the piano, and looked at her and just smiled and said, “thank you.” I’ve never seen him do anything like that before.

It was just so thrilling. She was up in the stratosphere and the choir does this thing underneath her, and it was so beautiful—this is Verdi’s writing after all—sometimes it’s hard not to burst into tears or start clapping right in the middle of it. Actually, I think I almost started laughing.

This is her, Mary Elizabeth Williams.

Cherry blossoms at Grace Church.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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