Tonight, Prince at the Garden, provided tickets come through. Tomorrow night, the New York Philharmonic playing John Adams’ Harmonielehre in Central Park. I love the idea of Adams’ mighty forty opening chords, inspired by a dream image of an oil tanker rising from San Francisco Bay, blasting their way into the New York summer night. David Robertson conducts; Leonidas Kavakos is the soloist in Samuel Barber’s dreamy Violin Concerto. You can hear the same all-American program in Prospect Park tonight (Tuesday), in Cunningham Park on Thursday night, and in Van Cortlandt Park Friday night. Then, a smattering of events at the Lincoln Center Festival — the Elvis Costello show, the premiere of Costello’s orchestral opus, and Nicholas Brooke's Tone Test, a dramatization of some hilariously peculiar promotional events that the Edison company employed to advertise its de-luxe gramophones in the early days. A trip to Bayreuth will keep me from attending the John Tavener all-night vigil, but that’s OK: I saw plenty of all-night vigils as an altar boy in the Greek Orthodox church.
ADDENDUM: Prospect Park concert cancelled. Not looking good for tomorrow night, either.