I was privileged to be the first artist on the Salon Series this season to play in a new venue for the society - the WMP Concert Hall in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. An unsuspecting city block from the outside, it turned out to be a charming little hall with beautiful hardwood floors and gold detailing on the walls, elegant and acoustically vibrant. I was able to play very softly when the music called for it, not worrying that the audience wouldn't be able to hear me, which made me feel like I was creating moments of great intimacy with these 50 or so people that had come to share the evening together. It is a wonderful feeling to realize that your hands, your fingers, your strings and frets can come together just for these short little snippets of time and bring people into the world that a composer created. And for the Emilia Giuliani pieces that I start my program with, it felt absolutely appropriate to be playing in a salon atmosphere where projection was not my enemy. Really, it felt like the space was made for classical guitar!
Some photos from the concert, courtesy of Don Witter, Jr., who you can always count on sitting in the first row at any New York City guitar performance. Will try to upload some video from the concert soon!
So what else did I do in NYC last week? Caught up with friends, family, a visit to my alma mater, and - oh yes, the MoMA! I haven't been for years, so I went and brought my 1 year old daughter with me. Here she is snacking with some water lilies. And it always surprises me how small Starry Night actually is in person. Overall, a great trip!