Friday, July 15, 2022

Fabulous Friday : National Symphony Orchestra

Having been a little odd from a very young age, I fell in love with classical music as a child.  I can remember when I was about 10 hearing the Detroit Symphony play at the Michigan State Fair, my parents had to drag me away - kicking and screaming as I recall.  

Three or four years ago, the son of one of Jay's college classmates had an opera premiere at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of a young artists series.  We went, and I think we will be forever in favor with the artist and his parents for having done so. (We have met him in New York for dinner a couple of times since then.)  The show was good, the one after his with the dog stole the show (never work with children or animals.) 

After that Jay started buying tickets for the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.  Six to eight shows a season.  He looks at what they are playing, and any guest artists or conductors and carefully selects.  I really don't care, I enjoy the show, and for the most part I don't care who is playing what.  When we first returned after Covid shut them down for a year, my thought was what a fabulous noise.  

Our favorite seats are up a couple of balconies, and right over the end of the stage. You can see, you can hear. It is simply fab.   


Well that was weird, I responded to a comment that was posted, then blogger removed the comment as spam, and I retrieved it out of comment jail.  I do check comments a couple of times a day.  If your comment disappears I will try to get it back (unless you are a spammer, and we know where they can all go.) 
 

16 comments:

  1. I can't say I fell in love with classical music, but seeing and hearing a quartet
    perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons in a church with good acoustics impressed me very much. That was in the days before you heard Four Seasons in musak.

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  2. My grandma was a classical pianist. I loved sitting next to her on the piano bench watching her graceful hands move up and down the keyboard. Growing up, my mom would go to the library, bring home a stack of classical albums and play them on our Hi-Fi stereo. Classical music has always been a part of my life. I appreciate it as well as lots of other music genres.

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    1. We are lucky to be here with access to many greats

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  3. In Jr High/High school, my band instructor was a Trombonist for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and I was the only trombonist in 3 grades, so he was my musical mentor and got me free tickets to the orchestra a couple times, but no one would ever take me :-(

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    1. I don't think my parents ever thought about it, and we lived so far from civilization - but we survived

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  4. I love classical music too. Also baroque. People are unnecessarily intimidated by the art form, it seems to me. They think you have to be all intellectual about it, when all you really need to do is close your eyes, open your ears and feel.

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    1. Oh I so agree. I see people sitting there with the score, concentrating on the errors instead of the glorious noise.

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  5. I also developed a love of classical music as a child. My dad had some albums and I started playing them to the point that my parents asked why I didn't play anything else.

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    1. My grandmother had a massive collection of classical music, she and I were the only to that liked them

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  6. Funnily I just watched Mozart in the jungle which has 4 seasons. There is so much life and philosophy in the classic music.

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    1. A lot of modern music picks up riffs from classical

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  7. Alas I see signs our local symphony is 'on the decline' and is likely to go belly up.

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    1. NSO is coming close to filling the house

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