Then & Now 4/21: Hurricanes
On this date in 1937, Aaron Copland’s play-opera for high school students called "The Second Hurricane," had its first performance at the Grand Street Playhouse in New York City, with soloists from the Professional Children's School, members of the Henry Street Settlement adult chorus, and a High School student chorus, with Lehman Engle conducting and Orson Welles directing the staged production. There was also one professional adult actor who was paid $10.
Hurricane season for us, doesn't officially start until June 1, but preparations are already underway. The National Weather Service outlined some new ways it's warning Floridians about possible danger at a briefing Tuesday in Tampa. Daniel Noah is a meteorologist with the agency. He said this year, storm surge warnings will be sent as emergency alerts. "If you've ever gotten an Amber Alert on your phone, that's what this system is," Noah said. "It will reach many more people very quickly and hopefully people will respond appropriately."