The Big Apple. I’ve been there twice. The first time, I was a sophomore in high school, and I went with my high school orchestra. We had been invited to play at Carnegie Hall! I remember when we first got to the hall for rehearsal. I can’t even begin to describe the amazing sound quality in Carnegie Hall. It is like nothing I have ever heard before or since.
That night was the concert. We were one of several student groups playing. We performed second to last. I remember going on stage. I was so excited, and nervous. We played three pieces of music. The one piece was one of the most difficult pieces I have ever played: The Russian Easter Overture by Rimsky-Korsakov. It is a fantastic piece, and a challenging piece for violinists… guess what instrument I play. That’s right, the violin. I was so nervous to play this piece that night. It starts slow but then speeds up and doesn’t slow down at all before it ends pages and pages later. That night, we played it faster than we ever did before. The rush I felt at the end of the piece, the last one we played that night, was unbelievable. The audience was applauding and on its feet before we were even done. We got a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall! The first group that night to get one. We spent several more days in the city, sightseeing. It was a great trip!
The second time I went to New York was to visit my friend who went to school nearby. We just spent the day in the city, but again we had a blast. It was 2 weeks before Christmas, so we got to see the city all decorated and the festivities that were going on. It even began to snow just a bit as we left that night. We spent the day shopping, and touring, and even went to see a Broadway play in the afternoon. Another great trip to NYC.
Needless to say, I have great memories of visiting New York, and I hope to go back again some day. I don’t want to live there, but I want to make many more trips. Sure, I visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I’ve seen a play both on and off-Broadway. I’ve spent part of an afternoon in Central Park and evenings at Times Square. Still, there is so much to see and do that I can’t wait to go back again!