Friday, September 07, 2007

Photo Hunters: Music

April 1993: Placido Domingo Visits Hartford, Connecticut
In 1993 I taught a sixth grade of Puerto Rican, Vietnamese, African American, Jamaican, and Portuguese children. My husband (who died 13 months later), another teacher and I transported all who wanted to see Domingo on this Saturday. The event was empty except for us, some high school students, my own children, and the principal. It was a very informal meeting and we actually shook hands with this magnificent tenor and humanitarian. My Amelia photographed it for the Hartford Courant and my Andrew wrote the article. I scanned the article years ago and found it tonight. If you care to see, when you click the photo will be large and you will see that I have identified people in the photo. The text of the article follows:
The Metro Bridge (The Hartford Courant)
April 1993; page 7

Domingo Offers Song and Words of Wisdom

by Andrew --------
Metro Bridge Staff Writer

The maroon curtains of the stage were torn and ripped, and parts were missing.

At other schools the grand piano would be on the stage ready to be played, but at Bulkeley the piano was wrapped up and on its side next to the stage.

This was the scene when the world renowned tenor Placido Domingo visited Bulkeley High School. His visit was short and he sang only one song, without a piano. But the purpose of his visit seemed to be more focused on giving a message to the inner-city high school students than performing.

Hartford Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry and State Rep. Edwin Garcia were among those who attended the event. Winners from Bulkeley of the statewide foreign language poetry competition recited poems for Domingo in Italian and Spanish. Then the Bulkeley students asked Domingo questions.

One student asked how many languages he spoke. He listed many and added that everyone should be proud of his or her heritage.

He told the audience that it is important to keep the language of their ethnic backgrounds. He said that in today's society one cannot get along speaking just English.

The next part of his talk was directed at the Latino community. He told the audience he was born in Spain and is Spanish.

He said only people from Spain are really Spanish and if you are someone from a Spanish-speaking country you should not call yourself Spanish, but a Peruvian or Colombian or whatever country the person comes from.

After the questions, Domingo asked some of the children to dance. They came on stage in white dresses ornamented by red and green ribbons and tambourines.

They danced the tarantella, a dance native to Italy, while Domingo clapped to the music.

Then he sang a Spanish folk song a cappella called "Te Quiero Mucho." The crowd rose to its feet and cheered when he finished. Shortly after, Domingo made his way through the mob of fans that followed him to his limousine.

As Domingo drove away the audience applauded, still very excited. His visit was over, but his words were not forgotten.
The memories of that intense year are vivid within me. There were awful times but also these wonderful times. I am proud that I was able to get all my home and school kids to see Domingo.

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71 comments:

  1. Reading your post made me emotional in a good way, and I wasn't even there. I think it may be the juxtaposition of the children dancing the tarantella while Domingo clapped to the music that got me as much as anything. Truly wonderful post.

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  2. What a great way to honor this wonderful event. It's a beautiful entry! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Hellllooooo! How have you and Buddy been doing? What an awesome entry for this week's hunt! You actually got to meet and hang out with one of the 3 Tenors. It's sad that we just lost Pavarotti, but at least we still have Carreras and Domingo. Thanks for the great post! Happy hunting and have a great weekend!

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  4. Meeyauw,
    What an amazing experience that you are sharing with us this week. Always something great when I visit here.

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  5. Great post meeyauw, how lucky you and your students were to have this wonderful experience.

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  6. That's pretty darn neat! Not only the fact of your trip but you have theclipping, too!

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  7. Wow, what an article. I am glad you were able to bring the other children to hear him. Great take on this weeks theme. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. wow, what a great tribute!! What an awesome entry.

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  9. Ahhh...very talented singer. So fitting now that Pavarotti is gone.Wonderful memories you got there.

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. Thanks for sharing a great memory. Have a nice weekend

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  11. it is sure an emotional post...Great pic too..

    thanks for dropping by

    Pearl

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  12. Wow - what a great experience and your children are very talented!

    Have a great weekend.

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  13. Loved reading about your musical memory. Thanks for sharing.

    Come see my entry.

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  14. Something classical in here. One of the three tenors. Perfect choice.

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  15. This is something I don't expect from this week theme. But, It touch my heart. Definitely something to remember... thanks for sharing. :)

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  16. Great post about Placido Domingo. Let's think a little this week about Pavarotti.

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  17. Great Photo you got here! Come see mine!...

    http://wilstop.info/2007/09/08/photo-hunt-music/#comments

    Happy Photo Hunting!...c",)

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  18. What a lovely memory of an amazingly talented opera singer.

    I think we can learn a lot from people from other countries and cultures...if we just open our minds and be prepared to learn.

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  19. What special memories! particularly this week since we lost a great tenor...

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  20. How wonderful that you and the children got a chance to meet such a legend. Even more poignant to post it this week.

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  21. What an awesome memory to cherish. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

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  22. Thanks for sharing this nice opportunity in your life. I'm sorry to hear about some sad events that occured but I'm glad that you can still look back at good memories such as this one.

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  23. Wow, very cool! What an amazing experience for you and your students.

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  24. yeah, I made it onto your page! oh, this is artistic to put the newspaper article there....how cool!

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  25. What a fantastic post for today's theme; you had to be so thrilled and I'm sure the memories are just as great today as they were back then.

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  26. What a great experience for everyone!
    Great entry for this week!

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  27. What a fantastic opportunity for these children, to meet such talent! Thanks for sharing!

    My photo's up this week. Come peek!

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  28. What a wonderful Photo Hunt entry you have this week. Sorry to hear about your husband and thank you for sharing the story of Placido Domingo's visit to your school.

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  29. It sounds like a great time and a wonderful memory!

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  30. How wonderful that must have been!

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  31. Great post for the them of music this weekend! Domingo was a great talent, and will be missed by many! My photos are up, please come and visit soon

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  32. I am really envious here that you actually attended a performance by Placido Domingo, even an unformal one, or maybe even more so.
    A great idea for this week's theme!

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  33. awesome idea for this hunt!
    Sounds like such a wonderful night!

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  34. What an amazing story! I bet all the students remember that forever!

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  35. That sure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!! How wonderful that a world famous tenor like Domingo would go and inspire these students!

    ~Marie

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  36. Thanks for sharing this story. I found it heart warming these children had a chance to have this experience

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  37. So sad that you lost your husband. I am sure that is one of your most precious memories, thanks for sharing.

    While I'm certain it was a special treat to meet Domingo, kudos to you regular folks for making it possible for the kids!

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  38. That was a lovely thing to do and a great memory

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  39. very interesting! and your very creative what a unique post

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  40. Wow! What a wonderful experience! That must have been amazing for you and those kids to see Domingo sing.

    I followed the link to your "awful times" and that is so sad. It is hard to imagine the lives of some kids nowadays.

    I was in the grocery store the other day and there was a teenage boy in line ahead of me from the Apache Reservation wearing one of those "memorial" t-shirts. So children are not immune to violence even in my remote area.

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  41. As Borat would say....verrrry nicccce! What an exciting event and great memory for you!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  42. thanks for sharing this experience. i would love to have the link where u store your sounds of nature...if it is possible?

    :) Thanks. Have a nice week ahead.

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  43. what a great memory! thanks for sharing it!

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  44. How neat is that! And loaded with all kinds of good memories!

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  45. The picture and story are great, but coming to your blog for the first time, I'm saddened by the deaths of your two students and of your husband. It's haunting...and I don't know you.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  46. What a wonderful memory for a great group of children. Thanks for visiting me, too.
    Photo Hunters

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  47. Very cool!

    Thanks for stopping by mine :)

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  48. What an awesome entry!!! You got to meet one of the greatest tenors of our times. You got a picture with the kids with him. This weeks theme is music. And Pavorati pass away, one of the other great tenors. What an amazing sychronicity for you!! Excellent entry.

    Flo's Place

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  49. Wow what a great opportunity! And I love the beaming smiles in the photograph. Thanks for sharing and visiting.

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  50. It's really a wonderful experience and post that you have here.

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  51. Wonderful post ! I was a little disappointed about Pavaroti's funeral yesterday. I think they burried him far to early so that nobody of his very famous friends could arrive in time to Italy. He deserved much more !
    If you are interested in a walk through South London and the Onion meme, just stop by if you have time.

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  52. Very neat!

    Happy Photo Hunt.

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  53. great photo.

    thanks for the visit.

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  54. Wow, what a wonderful post! I read the article and it was amazing. I'm so glad you shared it with us. Great post for this week's theme!

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  55. Thanks for sharing that! What a lovely experience it must have been. He's one of the (few) celebrities I'd love to meet...

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  56. unbelievable... your post is so unique and authentic.

    Trinity

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  57. What a pleasant experience! An honor really. A once in a lifetime for sure. Lucky you :-)

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  58. A great story as well as an awesome memory, thank you for sharing it with us.

    Thank you for visiting.
    :)

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  59. what a great story behind that photo. You are so lucky to be able to always have it for you!

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  60. great entry youve got the great musician.

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  61. How awesome is that! What an excellent post. Thank you. And thank you for stopping by Pollywog Creek to read my very early Part I. Part II is up now, if you care to take a look it is here.

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  62. A nice memory. Everyone must have been thrilled!

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  63. WOW, what an amazing experience!!!!

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  64. Great story and picture. Domingo, such a wonderful voice.

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  65. A wonderful post for this week: appropriate, topical, and personal too. A lovely memory to have.

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  66. This a good tribute for them...

    Great entries for the theme

    Tfs!

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