Rose Theater, about to witness Mark Morris’ Dido and Aeneas @lc_mostlymozart
Philadelphia Folk Festival 2012. More pics on Flickr.
Donal Henahan, former NYT Chief Music Critic who passed away yesterday, got it wrong as often as right. As in: "Nixon"
Delta bluesman Big George Brock, 80, just tore up the Lobby Stage here at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. The guy can barely walk, but he sings like a bat out of hell.
Little Feat, Philadelphia Folk Festival
Steve Earle at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, with Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle duetting on “Drunken Angel.” And the night is young.
Peter Joost, board member of NYC Audubon for the past two decades, led a bird walk in Central Park yesterday as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival, which has birds as a central theme this year. Joost has worked tirelessly to protect local birds and their habitat in NYC for the past 35 years, having served as president of both the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Linnean Society.
I learned that there are 30 nesting species in Central Park, including Cardinals, Blue Jays, Robins, Swifts, and House Sparrows, which used to be so numerous, they would create clouds in the sky. According to Joost, they were done in once the internal combustion engine took away their key food supply: horse manure.
I also learned that some 790 other bird species stop off in Central Park during their annual migrations, with the birds always flying at night to avoid predators and various man-made threats.
At one point, we all heard a repetitive, high-pitched chirp. “That’s a baby Cardinal,” Joost said, “shouting ‘Feed Me! Feed Me!’” Sadly, I didn’t see anyone carrying around staff paper, Messiaen-style, in order to write it down.
More info on upcoming Mostly Mozart bird walks here.
Joshua Bell and Louis Langrée with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Avery Fisher Hall, 8/17/12
David Greilsammer, Kaplan Penthouse, Mostly Mozart Festival, 8/14/12