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February 15, 2015 at 1:18 am #461293
Patricia CorbinParticipantDear Colleagues,Many of you who are collegiate directors have brought your choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. What sort of sightseeing activities did you do with your group outside of rehearsal time? Did you let your students make their own choices or did you all stick together or a combination of both? What worked the best? Thank you in advance!February 16, 2015 at 9:24 am #461333
Nick PageParticipantFor exercise, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is always good (or halfway, then turn around). Unlike the park it confines them to one area.
For a cheap excursion, the Statin Island Ferry can be fun. They get to see the Statue of Liberty a little closer and the New York Skyline is spectacular.
If you decide to go up the Empire State building, which is always fun, you might look into reserving space ahead of time as the lines can be exhausting.
The Cloisters are lovely and if you ask in advance they might let you sing some Renaissance music in one of their acoustically appropriate chambers.
If they are singing any Beatles songs, you might want to have them sing at Strawberry Fields on Central Park West.
If you go to a museum, you might want to go to one of the smaller ones like the Guggenheim or the American Folk Art Museum (not far from Carnegie). Also not far from Carnegie is the Carnegie Deli, a New York institution.The city is full of smaller communities that each have a different flavor, places like Soho, the Village, Times Square, Chinatown, and Little Italy. The UN is a good destination.Give them a chance to just hang – explore. The diversity of the people in New York is an experience in itself.
And a good old Broadway show is always fun.Nick
February 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm #461366
Kate Campbell DeglansParticipantWhen I went to NYC with my choir as a college student in 2003, (and on other trips in other years), I really enjoyed having big chunks of time that were unscheduled. Almost all of the sight-seeing was planned by students independently, and included broadway shows, trips to the Empire State Building, restaurants, shopping, Central Park, etc. As long as they are responsible enough to be at rehearsals and performance on time and in good condition, I vote you let them loose.February 17, 2015 at 5:53 am #461407
Jura LitchfieldParticipantTop of the Rock at Rockefeller Center has spectacular aerial views of the city. Also a drink in the Rainbow Room there will offer fine viewsIf you offer to let your students loose, ask them to take photos of where they have been in the city so you can make a montage of the trip and perhaps broadcast these images at your next concert at home.If you are in NYC in the spring, mid April be sure to find out if the cherry trees in the Brooklyn Botanical gardens are in bloom. A magnificent sight!Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island is a gem of a place. Evensong at St. Thomas on Fifth Ave is free and musically first class. New York City panormama at Queens Museum is a replica of the city in miniature, very cool.February 17, 2015 at 7:32 am #461414
Catherine Campbell-NesbitParticipantI would definitely take them to the 9/11 Memorial. It is incredibly beautiful and moving. You can now just walk up to the Memorial, I believe, so no long lines as previously. The 9/11 museum is open now but not sure if you can buy passes ahead of time for that. Nearby is the Trinity Church which is a wonderful place to stop by. You might even catch a concert there as they do recital and concert series often. I would say to see the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art also, particularly if you have students who have never been to New York City. The city is easy to navigate so I would think free time for college age would be fine. The Empire State building has HUGE lines and I wouldn’t use my limited time to do that. Instead, you might try Top of the Rock ( Rockfeller Center) which is fun and you get beautiful city views from there. Just walking around neighborhoods is the best – Upper West side, Greenwich village, Soho, would be my top three.If you plan to see a show, I would recommend “Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” – Tony winner last year for best musical. Brilliant score , funny, well sung and acted. Especially a good show for musicians/singers. You can probably secure group rate tickets for pretty reasonable price.Feel free to e mail me with any questions – I lived in the city for almost 20 years and still live just outside and go into town all the time.CatherineFebruary 17, 2015 at 8:37 am #461422
Tom MerrillParticipantI would highly recommend Top of the Rock over Empire State Building, both for the aspect of the lines and the view. Also if you’re staying in midtown it’s much easier to get to. Catherine is correct–there are no longer security lines for the 9/11 Memorial plaza; be aware that lines have been quite long for the new 9/11 Museum so I would recommend looking into advance reservations there if that is of high interest. I would shy away from the theater district places like Carnegie Deli–they are touristy and tremendously overpriced, and there are great delis that are just as good or better off the beaten path a bit. (I tried Ben’s at 38th and 7th a few months ago and thought it was quite good.) There’s also good and reasonable places to eat in the Hell’s Kitchen area (upper 40s between 8th and 10th).The Metropolitan Museum of Art is wonderful but can be overwhelming, especially if you have limited time. I would suggest having an idea of what you want to see before going in….it can take awhile just to find displays sometimes.If you’re going to do an organized tour of some kind, the Radio CIty Music Hall Backstage Tour is quite good and very reasonable. The tour gets into the history and architecture of the building, and you get to go into some backstage places not normally accessible. And the big surprise (spoiler alert) is that you get to meet a Rockette at the end.Hope this helps!Tom MerrillFebruary 18, 2015 at 9:37 am #461508
Eric S BetthauserParticipant
- I concur with Radio City; there is so much history, and the hall is HUGE. The Apollo is also an excellent choice, and it offers a historical perspective that most theaters don’t.
- Ellen’s Stardust Diner is fun; it’s styled like an old 50’s diner, but all of the servers sing (they’re aspiring professional performers).
- I think that Central Park is a must-see, including Strawberry Fields. And here’s a tip: the Bethesda Terrace Arcade is gorgeous, and, most Sunday mornings, there is a family who sing in there. Absolutely lovely.
- Ellis Island is also much more moving and powerful than most woudl realize; if you can perform an appropriate song there (“Give Me Your Tired, Yor Poor”), it could be the highlight of your trip.
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