York is one of the largest cities in the United States.
It is located in the southern part of New York State,
at the mouth of the Hudson River. Originally called 'New Amsterdam' by
the Dutch governors, the city today is a major world city and a world leader
in finance, arts, communications, advertising, fashion, publishing, radio
broadcasting, and music.
During the Swing
era of the 1930s and 1940s, New York became a prominent center of Jazz
music. With Bandleader-arrangers such as Fletcher
Henderson, Duke Ellington,
and Benny Goodman
and Jazz singers like Bessie Smith
and Billie Holiday,
New York became, at that time, the place to hear the best jazz in the USA.
Ellington upgraded the role of bandleader
into the area of composition since he had to provide original music for
the Cotton Club revues in Harlem.
New York City is also the place where the term Salsa
was invented. Urban Hip-Hop
styles were also developed here as part of a black reaction to the commercialized
New-York was also the home for some of the 20th century's greatest composers,
such as Kurt Weill,
and Igor Stravinsky.
From Temple Emanuel-
the world's largest synagogue - Gershwin's
funeral began. His Mausoleum can be found in Westchester
"Satchmo"'s Grave in Flushing Cemetery.
Another great conductor and composer is Leonard
whose Broadway musical West Side Story is
based on a location in the streets of New York city. He became famous in
1943, when he replaced the sickly Bruno Walter,
when he conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that
was directed without any rehearsal. His grave is in Green
Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
If you want to go to hear the best operahouse
in the world, go to The Metropolitan Opera
or take some tickets for the Amato Opera Theatre
- the beginner's opera.