Our main reason to go to NYC in October was to hear our friend Evan
Hughes in his solo recital at St. Bart's Cathedral. Evan was the
winner of this year's Marilyn Horne Vocal Competition, held each summer
at the Music Academy of the West here in Santa Barbara. He is
also a Santa Barbara native, and was Bowie's best friend in Middle
School. Evan recently graduated from UCLA and has just begun his
masters at The Curtis Institute. His rich, beautiful bass-baritone
voice is magnificent, and hearing him perform (with a wonderful Russian
pianist throughout, and with a trombonist for one piece too) was the
highlight of our trip.
click to read the full review:
NY Times Review of Evan Hughes
In the six days we spent in the city, here's some of what we did:
• Four plays (Avenue Q, Putnam Spelling Bee, The Fantastiks and Chorus Line)
• One opera at the Met - Tosca (WOW!)
• Two Museums (Annie Liebowitz at the Brooklyn Museum and Vollard at the Met)
• One Parade (Halloween in Greenwich Village)
• Art in the Park - Chihuly glass at the New York Botanical Gardens
• Three stops at Dean & Deluca gourmet market
• Tour of the North American Bear Co. factory
• Breakfast with nephew Brian at MayRose
• Ethiopian dinner at Meskerem with Graily on 47th street
• Rice pudding at Rice To Riches - 20+ flavors to select from (we got chocolate hazelnut - yum!)
• Visited Michel Cluizel Parisian chocolate store - each bite really was worth over $1
• Dosas from the Hampton Chutney Co. in SoHo - almost made us want to open one here at home.
• Dinner at the Spanish tapa bar, Pipa.
• Green Tea mille fois crepe dessert at BarMasa in Time Warner Center.
• Totally mastered the subway system, and loved it, and the Metro-north train too.
• Lunch at the long long tables of Le Pain Quotidien
• walked walked walked walked walked walked and had a whole lot of fun!
On the steps of the Met, before the "Americans in Paris" exhibit, and the wonderful Vollard exhibition.