Less than one year from now, I will be joining some cherished friends in New York City to do what we all love to do together. SING. We will be joining a group of esteemed singers and musicians from Europe, the USA and Canada, and be performing the show at Lincoln Centre. That’s right, I said Lincoln Centre. You know, the home of the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera and let’s not forget Julliard.
Back in 2009, I participated in an Oratorio about events that took place during the Holocaust, called “I Believe”. Composer extraordinaire and my former high school music guru, Zane Zalis, composed the entire orchestral score and lyrics. We spent 5 months rehearsing, 3 nights a week nearing show time. It was a huge undertaking (5 years on his part, to be exact) and on May 21st, 2009, we premiered it alongside the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the Centennial Concert Hall, under the direction of Alexander Mickelthwaite. It was a magical evening that took something as profoundly unimaginable as the Holocaust, and made it understood by men, women and children of all ages, races and languages.
“I Believe” takes you from Kristallnacht in 1938, through to the disbelief of what was beginning to happen and the race to survive, to the final solution that was decided upon by the Nazi hierarchy and the concentration camps. To the Death Marches, liberation and freedom and finally, with the feeling of unbearable loss and wonder at how and where to possibly start over.
It was an incredible and moving experience, and I feel honored to have been a part of it. It has since premiered in Toronto and Stuttgart, Germany, both to sold out crowds.
The crazy thing is… when I was first invited to come to the rehearsals in 2008, I considered not going. I hadn’t sung with this group in a very long time and was nervous to show up after all those years since my graduation. I can’t even fathom that I almost didn’t go. It has brought some wonderful people into my life, and afforded me some wonderful opportunities.
And I’m so happy it isn’t over, and is still continuing into 2014.
You can check out that first live performance on iTunes here.
While I don’t talk about the music part of my life a whole lot, it’s something that’s deeply a part of me. I don’t know why I don’t talk about it a lot, no particular reason, but maybe because it feels like a part of my past life. Something I was passionate about when I was younger and wanted to make it my future. You know how the story goes. You get older, you get a job, a family and reality kicks in that you’re probably not going to be a famous singer ;) which is why I feel so blessed that every so often, I get an email from Zane to participate in whatever cool thing that he has going on. And we all gather again in that room at Miles Mac and it all comes together again, like we had been doing it all along.
The coolest part is that I’ll be experiencing all this with my two besties – One bestie is in the show with me and the other is coming along for the ride. There will be many things seen and done, including a couple of Broadway shows, visits to Saks, Bloomingdales and of course, the Louboutin store (where I will watch in a mix of half-horror, half jealousy as said two besties make shoe purchases), WTC tours, Museum visits, cocktails and pizza consumed (not necessarily in the same sitting, but I can’t guarantee anything), Central Park visiting… the list goes on.
I’ve been to NYC before, but probably didn’t even scratch the surface, so if you have any restaurant recs, send em’ my way!