Tuesday, July 10, 2012

'Flash Choir' Debuts Philip Glass Piece in Times Square

At first, the tourists passing through Times Square were captivated by the giant video screens hanging overhead and the usual chaos of midtown. But soon they moved their attention, and cell phone cameras, to the “flash choir” that had formed in the pedestrian island at Father Duffy Square as part of Make Music Day on June 21.

Between hugs and introductory handshakes, famed choral conductor Kent Tritle handed out signs atop sticks that said “Bass” and “Sopranos.” Prompted by a call to action from NPR, the singers organized into their vocal groups and quickly scanned the score for “The New Rule,” a new choral piece by Philip Glass commissioned by NPR. Without any auditions, these amateur and professional singers, perhaps even a few pedestrians swept up in the moment, would all be part of its world premiere.  Read More & Watch the Video Here