More pictures from NY Trip – July 2010

5th and BroadwayJoey got all of his pictures from our trip to New York and Tanglewood uploaded to Flickr.

Lisa has also added more pictures to her NYC Staycation 2010 photo set on Flickr. Lisa’s pictures include some great photos of Laura singing at Tanglewood.

Tanglewood – Summer 2010

ldAndLauraAtTanglewood My sister, Laura, spent the summer at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA.  She was one of the handful of vocal fellows who were invited to participate in the festival.

During our time visiting Brooklyn, NY, Joey and I travelled with Lisa to Lenox, which is in the Berkshires.  Lisa commented that the trip to Tanglewood made our experience of New York City in the summer very authentic – extreme heat and humidity, several days of riding the subway and pounding the pavement, and then an escape to the much cooler country!

Tanglewood is an amazing place.  It has all kinds of musical artists: instramentalists, singers, composers, and conductors.  There are multiple venues and practice areas.  When we visited we were able to simply walk around the grounds and listen to the various rehearsals that were going on.  We got to hear Laura during her vocal coaching.  We also happened to be there on the right day to hear Yo-Yo Ma practicing with the orchestra.  Amazing!

hall We saw Laura sing a cycle of Cuban folk songs in a vocal recital.  She sang Luciano Berio’s Circles during the Festival of Contemporary Music.  We got to hear her practice this piece a little bit.  It is very modern and unusual, with bursts of vocalization.  She really got excited about performing something that was new and challenging.

Sadly we could not attend the performance, but she got rave reviews from the New York Times, which said, “And on Sunday Laura Mercado Wright, a mezzo-soprano, gave a stunningly agile account of Berio’s Circles, in which she occasionally played percussion (and provided gestural cues) as well.”  The Boston Musical Intelligencer, a virtual journal and blog of the classical music scene in Boston, also had good things to say, “Mercado-Wright may safely call this “her own” now with her masterful performance and the perfect voice for it: rich but not fat; a low range that speaks, and a high one that is graceful; and perfect diction for projecting words or sounds.”

As always I am so proud of all that Laura has accomplished.  I just cannot help bragging.

Brooklyn, New York – July 2010

Joey and I went to visit our cousins, Lisa and Tim, in Brooklyn, NY.  We also got to spend time with our dear friends, Burke and Michele.

We ate our way through New York, and walked across the rest of it (to make up for all the calories we ate).  Lisa actually took the week off work to show us around.  We fell in love with the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn.  Tim and I took a Saturday morning jog in Prospect Park, which is just a few blocks from Tim and Lisa’s place.  We had a totally fantastic time!

Here are a few of the places we went:

We also visited a number of parks: Central Park, Prospect Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Battery Park.

I only had the camera in my iPhone, but I did take a few pictures.  Lisa and Joey did an excellent job of cataloging our activities. Below are some links to my favorite pics in Lisa’s NYC Staycation 2010 Flickr photostream.  Joey took tons of pictures as well.  I am sure he will post them at some point….

LisaDiane and Joey in Central Park

Standing Lisa, Standing Woman with Hat in the Brooklyn Museum

Looking up at the ceiling installation of Kehinde Wiley’s “Go”