It’s No ‘Orange Blossom Special,’ But It’ll Do

This week, Spiro Patanikolatos made his solo debut at the Hamptons Music Festival in upstate New York. His instrument of choice was a 10-car locomotive. “The westbound 8:05 p.m. train out of Bridgehampton and its 20-second-long roar have become something of a festival tradition, one that soloists… have tried to somehow ‘play around’ by adjusting their phrasing.” But this year, the festival held a competition in which composers wrote works specifically designed to feature the rumbling train. “The audience of several hundred watched the train go past and cheered. Mr. Patanikolatos sounded its long, loud whistle, and the featured instrument of the evening disappeared down the track.”