....this followed my touch down up a mile or so, West Side with harpsichordist, Elaine Comparone....
She's also one of my all-time favorite musicians. Don't know her personally but have heard her in person a few times (and have spoken with her) -- all before she took to playing standing up!
My first time hearing her was at the first big concert at the Symphony Space in Manhattan after it got converted to a performing space, around 1978. The occasion was called "Wall to Wall Bach" and it was a huge hit, and led to the Symphony Space becoming what it has been. The event went on for many hours, I think covering a couple of days, and was PACKED the whole time. The music was divided between scheduled professional performances (like hers) and "pick-up" stuff by people who would just show up and ask for it. (I 'almost' played a Bach concerto. I had sort of pre-arranged it, but didn't know till I got there that there was no piano!
-- just a harpsichord. So, I had a 'decision' to make -- would I do the incredibly stupid thing of going ahead playing this piece that I'd never performed before and only recently learned on an instrument that I'd barely touched in my life with an orchestra in front of 1000 people, or would I do the sensible thing and forget about it? Oddly, I chose the latter.)
I had no idea who Elaine was -- didn't even know if she was one of the professional performers or someone like me who just showed up, especially because she was dressed very casually, including red sneakers.
I was thinking this is just some girl with red sneakers who said, how about if I go up there and play. Of course she was extraordinary, and before long I learned how accomplished she was.