‘The public domain’ Beats the Heat and Humidity 

Source: The New York Times.

Though the actual temperature hovered in the mid-90s late Saturday afternoon in New York, the “feels like” indicator on weather sites put the figure at 105 degrees. Even so, the premiere of David Lang’s “the public domain,” his new work for 1,000 voices, went on as planned in the main plaza of Lincoln Center. Arriving for the performance, I was certain that the volunteer choristers who had rehearsed the piece so thoroughly would show up. But would anyone else?