At about 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 22, 2010
(Earth Day) the Cicely Tyson Strings, under the direction
of Riza Hequibal, set up on the steps leading to city
hall and began a concert.
The concert was not advertised in advance, so the
audience attendance was very sparse, but appreciative.
The orchestra played several selections, some of which
you can hear on the video below.
Cicely Tyson Jazz Band played next, under the
direction of Raymond Johnson. By then it was 11:00 AM and
many of the city hall workers came out of their offices
to listen to the concert.
The percussion section stood behind the Jazz
Band, so it was not easy to see them from below, but they
clearly made their presence heard.
The concert concluded with a Mayoral Proclamation
of Appreciation and Respect given to jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett, who made a speech, but
did not perform.
This was followed by the usual photo opportunity,
with everyone posing beside Kenny Garrett. While the
banner hanging over the main doors of city hall seemed to
imply that this was an Earth Day event, not one word was
mentioned about Earth Day. If you want to learn about
Earth Day in East Orange, go HERE.