Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Symphony Orchestra

As a music-lover I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never heard a symphony orchestra play. That's about to change.

I recently discovered a fun, comic TV show about classical musicians ("Mozart In The Jungle;" Amazon Prime). It ran for four seasons (2014-2018) and has great actors in it, like Bernadette Peters, Gael García Bernal, Malcolm McDowell and Wallace Shawn. The characters and their antics are amusing: musicians are as eccentric as any other artists.

After diving into the classical music pool, I thought it fitting to hear the real New York Philharmonic. For a Valentine's Day gift I bought tickets to attend Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Don't tell Robin!

Have you ever heard a symphony orchestra play?



14 comments:

  1. I have! The most amazing performance I ever saw was a multi-choir (three, including a children's choir!) performance of Orff's "Carmina Burana". It was nearly three hours of stunning music, with soloists and movements - just incredible.

    Robin is going to love that. Enjoy! And wear something swanky! I know you have Fluevogs. ;-P

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    1. I had the same thought -- this is the perfect occasion to really dress up!

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  2. I haven't heard a symphony orchestra play- but it's on my bucket list!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  3. I haven't, I'm afraid, but I think it would be absolutely mind blowing to hear the New York Philharmonic play live! xxx

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  4. How lovely! And yes, early on in our courtship the husband took me to the symphony. We were the only people who were dressed up, LOL.

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    1. That's great. It's sad people didn't dress up. I'm planning to use the occasion to look good.

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  5. SHAME ON YOU for not having been before when you are in NEW YORK!!!!!!!! Haha, you are forgiven since you are going NOW! Actually, you make me feel a little sad because I was supposed to PERFORM Tschaikovsky's 5th symphony myself, playing flute NEXT Saturday but it was cancelled because of the worry of Omicron Covid cases rising! Ah well, I have played it before!
    I hope you enjoy it. Might be good to listen to it in advance so you have some familiarity of it OR just go and enjoy it as a surprise! I'm intrigued by the piece called Saudade in the same programme- a US premiere of that! There's also Strauss which I am sure will be exciting too!
    And yes, it's lovely to dress up for a concert- I always like to dress nicely!
    The NYPHil have a really nice Kids education programme or at least they used to- their website was brilliant!
    And yes, I have heard a symphony orchestra perform! Many times! ;-)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, pal. Yes, I know you're steeped in classical music but I never was introduced to it. I'm trying to open that door now.

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  6. What a joyful, rewarding experience this is going to be for you, Ally.

    I have never seen a symphony in person myself, but can just imagine what a powerfully awesome and inspiring thing it must be. Please feel free to share the details of your first time (at the symphony ;D) with us after the fact.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

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  7. It's been years and years but it is incredible. I miss live music, but regrettably it's going to be some time before my area is less ravaged by the plague. For now, I'll keep enjoying the guy who plays a sousaphone in a loval bridge tunnel I pass through a lot! They call him Tuba Guy and I always groan because SOUSAPHONE!

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