Make music or make my fellow singers miserable?

If it isn’t pouring rain, I plan to walk around and catch the various performances in my neighborhood that are part of Make Music New York. There is a Bach sing along right near me, but I have a sore throat and I keep coughing. If I do it and cough a lot I’ll wreck it for others. I should really be more considerate and just listen. It will be hard though, especially during the B Minor Mass bits, which I love so much. They’re singing the Et incarnatus est chorus, my absolute favorite! So haunting and soaring.

Except I’ve always sung that sop1 and I’m a sop2 now and my high notes aren’t what they used to be. Plus, I don’t know the sop2 part at all and I’m not a good sight singer. In any case, I recommend going to Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, at 4, to listen or sing along.

Mushrooms growing out of solid rock (or is that tar?) in the West Village. How is that possible?

Mushrooms, Greenwich Village, New York City.

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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2 thoughts on “Make music or make my fellow singers miserable?

  1. Make Music Madison (Wisconsin) featured a Massed Choir which performed a commissioned piece, Ode to Joy, and the Dona Nobis Pacem from the B minor mass…all a capella. Believe, the Bach was a stretch! But I was inspired by our Carnegie Hall appearance which I so enjoyed and so pushed myself to do this. 2 90 minute rehearsals…luckily, we had a terrific choir director who was as joyous as he was skillful. Singing in choirs is so much fun! Buildling community all around.

  2. According to our conductor, Make Music Madison was inspired by Make Music New York and is second largest in the country…you all are first, of course.

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