Ned Rorem in Avery Fisher Hall - 18 September, 1983

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 418:

The premiere of Whitman Cantata occurred as climax to tonight's too-long program in the jam-packed Avery Fisher Hall in the middle of a heat wave. I will never forget the sight as, slowly, close to a thousand men emerged onto the stage like a haemorrhage to intone this work with twelve brass and timpani. What did I learn? That the instrumental group could more than hold its own against a thousand voices, and that a thousand voices are not ten times louder than a hundred, only ten times hazier. The most beautiful sounds were the hushed dewy unisons.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 418. accessed: 26 March, 2023

location of experience: Avery Fisher Hall


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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Whitman Cantata
written by Ned Rorem
performed by New York City Gay Men's Chorus

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 September, 1983
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:05:13 +0100
Approved on Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:12:36 +0000