An Audience of One

06/16/2015

 
I played last night for an audience of one, a person new to me, a musician, though not a pianist.
Because it was just the two of us and not a roomful of people the conversation took a turn it could never have taken otherwise:  It turns out that he recalled having heard me in a singular performance at Alice Tully Hall almost 30 years ago, together with tenor Richard Dyer-Bennet, who had changed his life.
There were all kinds of things one could criticize about Dyer-Bennet singing Schubert at that stage of his life.  But it was an inspiring performance and it can safely be said that it changed a life or two (as it did).  Thus, it was a huge success.
Such things never make it into history books, much less newspapers.
 


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