The Birthday Girl Does Carnegie Hall
Yep, that's me. I'm 37 today - but the cashier at Whole Foods guessed 25 so I'm a happy girl! Gosh, I guess I should post some pictures of myself, huh? NOT!
I have no idea what I'm doing today, but I'll figure out something. I did have a little pre-birthday fun yesterday at Carnegie Hall. My friend Donna (aka Zuri's mom) invited me to a concert at Carnegie Hall by the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra. This is not just any orchestra folks. They are a part of the Spinx Organization, which was founded in order to build diversity in classical music - primarily by increasing the participation of Blacks and Latinos.
The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra performed, along with some of their accomplished alumni, the Harlem Quartet. Ilmar Gavilan (violin) Melissa White (violin) Juan-Miguel Hernandez (viola) and Desmond Neysmith (cello), performed the Wynton Marsalis composition At the Octoroon Balls quite beautifully. Tai Murray, a 24-year-old Juilliard-trained violinist was another standout to me. My girl came out in a gorgeous peach gown and wowed the audience with a composition that could be new or hundreds of years old - I don't know - but it was beautiful: Ysaye's Sonata No. 6 for Violin Solo. Talk about a diva in training! In the words of my Grandma Annie Mae, she was sharp! I also enjoyed Juan-Miguel Hernandez (bottom picture), primarily because he was playing the viola. I played the viola as a kid, so I always listen for it in classical music. Keep your ears open for the Harlem Quartet - they'll be recording a CD in 2007. And definitely check out the Sphinx Organization's website and be sure to sign up for their mailing list for updates and catch them when they come to your town.