A performance of Handel’s Messiah

Last Saturday I went to a performance of Handel’s Messiah given by the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Huang.

I’ve been to a number of performances of Messiah, I’ve even played in a few, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to a ‘sing-along’ Messiah. This essentially means that the chorus is made up of whoever happens to turn up to the performance and is willing to sing. Scores were provided on loan to anyone who wanted/needed them – to be returned after the performance.

The orchestra’s website describes the orchestra as follows:

Who We Are

We are musicians of all ages and abilities. We rehearse one day a week on Wednesdays, playing great classical music. New Westchester Symphony Orchestra (NewWSO) has three main concerts every year, as well as performances in libraries and hospitals throughout the year. Our concerts are free to the public.

The New Westchester Symphony Orchestra is an audition-free, community orchestra serving Westchester County and surrounding areas. NewWSO offers instrumentalists of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play the same repertoire as professional orchestras, but in a non-competitive and supportive environment. There are no auditions to join, and anyone can play music with NewWSO. We take pride in serving our community and bring music to everyone.

Always something going on

NewWSO performs numerous outreach concerts throughout the year at assisted living homes, rehabilitation centers, local libraries and houses of worship. Our goal is to make classical music inclusive and accessible for all who wish to participate. Come join the Orchestra as a musician or in the audience!

It was certainly interesting and everyone seemed to have a great time!

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 R

A Visit to Olana – Finally at Olana – A couple of vistas

If you’re at all familiar with Church’s work you’ll understand why he built Olana where it is. The views are truly spectacular. Above: looking South down the Hudson River.

View over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. There is now a walkway across this bridge, which allows you to walk from Olana to the home of another member of the Hudson River School of Painters: Thomas Cole. It’s called The Hudson River Skywalk and it’s a six mile out-and-back pedestrian walkway.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

Interesting Interview with Dan Winters

One of my favorite YouTube channels is Alex Kilbee’s The Photographic Eye. Today I watched this fascinating interview with Dan Winters.

According to the biography on his website:

After studying photography Moorpark College in Southern California, Dan Winters finished his formal education at the documentary film school at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. He began his career in photography as a photojournalist in his hometown in Ventura County, California. After winning several regional awards for his work, he moved to New York City, where magazine assignments came rapidly. Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, he is widely recognized for his unusual celebrity portraiture, his scientific photography, photo illustrations, drawings and photojournalistic stories. Winters has won over one hundred national and international awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, PDN, The Art Directors Club of New York, Life Magazine. He was awarded a World Press Photo Award in the Arts and Entertainment category in 2003. He was also awarded the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography. In 2003, he was honored by Kodak as a photo “Icon” in their biographical “Legends” series.

He has had multiple solo gallery exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles and a solo exhibition at the Telfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. His work is in the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, The Harry Ransom Center and the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University, San Marcos. His books include “Dan Winters’ America: Icons and Ingenuity”, “Last Launch”, “Periodical Photographs”, “Road To Seeing”, which chronicles his path to becoming a photographer and “The Grey Ghost”, which is a selection from 30 years of his New York street photography.

Clients include Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, TIME, WIRED, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Fortune, Variety, W, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Golf Digest, Vanity Fair and many other national and international publications. Advertising clients include Apple, Netflix, Samsung, Microsoft, Nike, Target, LG, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Bose, Amazon, HBO, Saturn, Sega, Fila, Cobra, Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, Paramount, DreamWorks, Columbia TriStar and Twentieth Century Fox, RCA, Atlantic Records, A&M, Sony, Warner Brothers, Elektra, Interscope and Epitaph.

A Visit to Kingston, NY – Along Roundout Creek – Some Boats and a Crane

Old boats, many (perhaps all) abandoned.

And a crane. Around the crane are the ruins of the Cornell Steamboat Co. barges that sank to the bottom of the creek from disuse in the 1960s. When the Cornell business entered bankruptcy in 1964, the barges anchored for years and eventually sank in place. There are no plans to remove them.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Tamron Di III VXD A056SF 70-180mm f2.8.