A couple of years ago, when we sat together to plan the Somewhere Project at the Weill Music Institute, we knew wanted to create a something for the whole city. When you are talking about New York, that is a tall order. Arts education projects usually fly under the radar, but we did dare to dream of involving all five boroughs (check), and as many willing arts partner organizations (check, about 20), and the NYC public schools (check, 25 high schools, along with an invitation to even more to include the work in their classrooms). It's all been so much that even those of us who were involved in the initial planning have not been able to make it out to see all the activity. If you want to get a taste via your device, check out this report on WQXR/WNYC. You'll hear some rehearsal, the voices of kids, and you can read the article by reporter Becca Pulliam as she describes three of the five Neighborhood Concerts that feature new work inspired by "Somewhere."
It's a lot of "Somewhere," and the full production of WSS opens Friday. Hard not to be excited.