WFMT takes NYC | Postcards from Host Peter van de Graaff

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WFMT listeners and Kathleen and Peter van de Graaff poses at the Bethesda Fountain in New York City’s Central Park

Another fantastic trip with Earthbound Expeditions and WFMT! Although we visited the Metropolitan Art Museum, The Frick and the Guggenheim and had a tour of the city and Ellis Island, the highlights, of course, were the amazing concerts: Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with the New York Philharmonic and Semyon Bychkov, paired with the gorgeous and rarely-heard Bruch Two-Piano Concerto with the Labèque sisters.  The next night was the first performance of a new production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites at the Metropolitan Opera which left many of us moved to tears. Isabel Leonard and Adrienne Pieczonka were outstanding. The topper was Mitsuko Uchida overwhelming a packed house at Carnegie Hall in an all-Schubert recital. What a week! Thanks to the wonderful guests and Earthbound Expeditions!

Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff pose with listeners outside of David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

WFMT listeners and Peter and Kathleen van de Graaff pose outside of famed performance venue Carnegie Hall

The group poses outside of the entrance to the Statue of Liberty