Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Wednesday evening was a magical one for all of us in the courtyard of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan. The sky was clear, the temperature Mediterranean, the setting idyllic, and the music was glorious. The courtyard was filled with the range of people that call Middletown home for a concert or more. In the front, high school kids attending the Center for Creative Youth summer camp at Wesleyan laughed and danced to the music. Also towards the front were the people drawn to the Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng Band, enjoying the sounds of Ghana drumming fused with the jazz of this American century. At the back of the crowd couples shared wine and cheese, caught up with neighbors they knew and got introduced to neighbors they didn't. But the highlight of this outdoor concert for me was the children running and playing hide and seek at the edges and occasionally within the crowd. While the parents enjoyed the music and shared the latest news, the children cavorted in their games to the sounds of great music. Opera in Central Park of Manhattan is grand, the Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng Band in the courtyard of the CFA is local. Both are wonderful, but tonight it seemed nothing could possibly be better than the local glory of outdoor music in Middletown.