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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #53: Public Art, StoryCorps, Ennio Morricone, and more

Posted by Billyjam, October 23, 2013 03:20pm | Post a Comment

Even one full year later, repair work on the Superstorm Sandy damaged R train line in NYC continues. In fact, as the sign posted a couple of months ago (see below) at the 34th Street/ Herald Square stop indicates, the work will continue for another full year through October 2014 - another reminder of the intensity of that storm that walloped New York City this time last year and, consequently will be on peoples' minds a lot in the coming week - especially on October 29th when the brunt of Sandy hit the East Coast.

For this installment in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog, along with news on the upcoming anticipated Ennio Morricone concert, as well as the photo left I present a series of photos taken over the past several weeks around New York City - mostly Manhattan. These include the above photo of the fountain at Park Plaza at top of Fifth Ave. at Central Park South, and the ones below (scroll down) that include some street art, NYPD on horses, some parks and sights including the StoryCorps building - all the way downtown - where for a decade of collaborating with hundreds of organizations throughout NYC they've been collecting the stories of thousands of voices in NYC in an attempt to record and preserve the "diverse and extraordinary stories" of New Yorkers' lives. To see location of individual photos simply drag cursor over each photo below.

With the summer, and all the outdoor concerts it brings, now in the past all the New York City entertainment has moved indoors. Concerts this week ahead include John Legend at the Beacon Theater on Monday, October 28th and, on that same night, Sparks at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets just $30 avail here.
Additionally, while it may be five months away, tickets for the March 2014 concert by Ennio Morricone conducting a 200 + orchestra/choir - his first NYC appearance in over six years - is a highly anticipated event. The Italian born composer/orchestrator, whose long artistic career includes music created for a wide range from absolute music to applied music, became globally famous for his classic scores for director Sergio Leone's westerns: A Fistful Of Dollars (1964), For A Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) and A Fistful Of Dynamite (1971). That is just the tip of his body of work. In all Morricone has composed over 450 film scores including for The Battle of Algiers, Sacco and Vanzetti,  Cinema Paradiso, The Legend of 1900, Malena, The Untouchables, and Once Upon A Time in America. Earlier this year he composed the score for the film Una Messa. When Morricone performs in New York he will lead the large orchestra/choir through a performance of his own works. That NYC show takes place one night only at the spacious Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 23rd at 7:00pm. Tickets will go on sale, via Ticketmaster, on Friday this week, October 25th. Note that fans of Ennio Morricone on the Left Coast are also in luck as the revered 85 year old artist is only scheduled to play one other North American performance in 2014. And that will be in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater on March 20th.


















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