American Idol winner Candice Glover sings the National Anthem at the Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC. [05.26.13]
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If you really wanna feel patriotic however, look for the New York Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert! There may be some systemic problems within the field of classical music. However, now and then something happens that makes you feel proud of institutions and the music-loving public. One such event is the New York Philharmonic’s annual free Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which took place on Monday night.
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Before the concert, the line of people waiting to enter the cathedral on Amsterdam Avenue snaked around the corner to 110th Street, down the block and up Morningside Drive. There were seats inside for 1,900. All were taken. With additional standing-room space and the cathedral’s park (where the music could be heard on a sound system), the total attendance was estimated at 2,500.
Of course, hearing symphonic music in this enormous cathedral with its reverberant acoustics is problematic. But the point is, it is breathtaking and spiritual. It means something more than some average day BBQ and you’ll feel it leaving those church doors.