December 5, 1996 |
One of the Very Important Moments--doubtless there are many--in the life of Ann Carlson came at age 12 while watching the New York City Ballet. The orchestra began to play. The ballerinas began to move. And then, with a sudden tap tap tap of his baton, the conductor brought everything to a halt. Something was off--probably the tempo. In seconds the dancers were back in their starting positions and the show began again smoothly. But in those few moments, everything had changed.