Robert Moses Goes to the Opera

Robert Moses in 1938 (Courtesy CUNY)

Robert Moses in 1938 (Courtesy CUNY)

This Saturday, January 15, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra will lift their bows and the ghost of Robert Moses will flood the World Financial Center Winter Garden. Gary S. Fagin composed Robert Moses Astride New York from which the music will be drawn. A vocal performance by Rinde Eckert will accompany the score, but best of all, it’s free.

The New York Times recently sat in on a rehearsal for the Moses musical with author Robert A. Caro who penned the authoritative tome on New York’s Power Broker. The performance includes events from Moses’ life and career including a fight over a parking lot at Central Park’s Tavern on the Green and Moses’ resignation. From the Times:

Mr. Caro said he was particularly pleased by the musical’s last section, which recalls Moses’ dedication of a bench in Flushing Meadows, one of the parks he’d built. It is the poignant scene that concludes “The Power Broker,” in which Moses wonders why he wasn’t sufficiently appreciated.

While Robert Moses Astride New York is a work in progress, when complete, Fagin plans to include other pivotal characters from twentieth century New York including activist Jane Jacobs and Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia.

The free performance by the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra with Rinde Eckert takes place Saturday, January 15 at 7:00PM at the World Financial Center Winter Garden.

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