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Me at Lincoln Center

posted May 15, 2016, 3:24 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 15, 2016, 3:25 PM ]
A funny thing happened on the way to the Spring Extravaganza last week. Just as the doors were opening to allow us into the Rex Manor, I received an urgent telephone call: an accompanist scheduled to perform the following week at Lincoln Center was suffering from Achilles tendon bursitis and unable to make it back from California in time, would I be interested in taking his place?

Of course I said yes! So this Friday night I had the honor of accompanying the Professional Performing Arts School Choir onstage at David Geffen Hall. The National Chorale partners with this school to provide a team of singers, conductors and accompanists to teach vocal musicianship and performing skills to these gifted and motivated students.

After singing onstage at Lincoln Center for the past 19 years, I’ve finally made my debut there as a pianist. While this isn’t that big of a deal musically, and it’s not going to significantly change my career, it does mean that I’ve joined the very small, select number of musicians who have been hired to perform at Lincoln Center as both a vocalist and as an instrumentalist. For that, I feel truly blessed.

Accompanying also allowed me the privilege of finally having a bio in Playbill. Playbill is the monthly U.S. magazine/program for professional arts organizations. And my bio states “He is the Director of Music Ministry for Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brooklyn, and currently serves on Brooklyn's Diocesan Music Commission.” So our parish has just joined the very small, select number of churches who have been mentioned in Playbill...