Monday, July 25, 2011

Day 278 - Denver Downtown

Thought of the day: The name of the musician we are hosting is Haeji Chang, a Korean soprano getting her artist diploma at the Boston Conservatory.  We attended her performance in the Chautauqua Auditorium last night.  She performed Fauvre's Requiem with a choir and a male soloist.  She sang beautifully and her voice had an emotional quality that was mesmerizing. At the end of the performance, the audience was wildly enthusiastic and gave them three standing ovations. Since I had the opportunity to spend some time with her, I got to know her a little and I found an interesting contrast between her off stage and on stage personas.  She was shy, reserved and soft spoken in person, but on stage, she radiated confidence, composure and charm that made it hard for people to take their eyes off her. In a way, it looked as if she had conserved her energy and guarded her emotions so that they would bottle up inside and come out forcefully during a performance and magically transform her into somebody else, somebody bigger.  That really made me wonder about who she really was - the one in real life, the one on stage, or someone in between?  Perhaps all of us have multiple personalities that can be brought out in different settings.  It's certainly something to ponder about.

Photo of the day:
A woman walking dog in downtown Denver.  I spent some time with Haeji there.  Unfortunately our destination, Denver Art Museum, was closed.  We had a nice lunch in Cherry Creek instead.

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