symphony night

The three stooges and I always get mixed feelings going to the symphony.

The wife likes it a bit more than me. I like to be well-rounded in music and in local culture so I go, plus they serve wine at intermission. The other mixed feeling is that, in high school we would go see and hear the cedar rapids symphony orchestra.  Which is a great orchestra! So its like a re-date with my wife, only we can’t smooch as we are being driven there.

Well this night was very special, a pianist named Anita Pari was playing an interpretation of Saint-Saens piano concerto number 2. She is 14.we sat up on balcony right in line with the key board. This girls hands where flying in the most poetic movement over the whole board it was fabulous.

And we all know movement is a big part of listening to an orchestra. The bows jousting the air like torches raised to shed the light. The fingers strumming tall bass,with a base player that gives even to classical music, the timpani man beating the drum sets, the horns coming up and sounding off, the hammers quickly moving over the symbol and his hand stopping the vibration when just the right crescendo is reached, my lots of movement.

I could hardly take my eyes off one grey curly wig that was in the violins and it was like, for me, a target. All i could see was a bow getting to close and swirling in the air with saint-saens tempo a curly grey wig. This was mt three stooges thought.

But I was able to focus on this great 14 year-old pianist.


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