This December seems to have been calmer than usual, which is rather nice. We’ve both had concerts – Tom’s choir sang a delightful program of Spanish Christmassy music whilst mine performed Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, and of course there have been some carols too. Other than a single string of lights we haven’t bothered decorating this year, but have been making the most of every opportunity for festive food and drink, with one particularly note-worthy weekend including both the first mulled wine of the season and Tom’s first attempt at hasselback potatoes (an epic success!).
So how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Turns out that all you actually need to do is join a choir which books it as a performance venue, then you’re all set!
On this particular occasion we were lucky enough to get some free tickets from a friend, who was singing in a concert of rather lovely music by the composer Ola Gjeilo. This was our first visit to the main auditorium at Carnegie Hall, and we found the decor most interesting – plenty of molded plaster and gilt, but in a rather restrained style (at least when compared to many other such venues!). In some places it even looked a little like the decoration hadn’t quite been finished, but the acoustic was spectacular.
I can’t quite believe it’s been so long since my last post – the last month or so has just flown past. As usual we’ve been keeping busy with all sorts of things, so what follows is just a few highlights. (We did also have a 2 week trip to England in that time, but all I’ll say about that is how lovely it was to catch up with as many friends and relations as we could cram in to the timeframe.)