I’m just back from an enchanting late-evening experience. Lying in semi-darkness on my favorite comforter on the floor of Greencastle’s Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, I and about 45 or 50 college students (a number in pajamas) were enveloped by Katya Kramer-Lapin‘s beautiful, varied, wide-ranging playing of the Bach Goldberg Variations. An arts-presenter friend estimated the total attendance at 65-80, including those (mostly of post-college age) sitting in pews.
45+ students at 9:00 PM on a Sunday night, with no “recital attendance” credit. They came just for the experience. Many were lying down, eyes closed, throughout the event. Some multi-tasked, working on laptops or smart phones. The ones I spoke with loved it. “We should do something like this once a month,” one told me.
I could go on and on, and perhaps will tomorrow. Meanwhile, the purpose of this post is so those who attended can add comments sharing their experience, and ideas for future engaging, inviting, and unconventional performances. If you were there, add a comment. If you weren’t, ask a question.