Thoughts I had while watching a local philharmonic orchestra concert …
The men in the orchestra all look so nice; white ties and tuxes. The women, meanwhile? All over the place. Some have on flowy black dresses, but others … black tops and stretchy pants? Note to self: clingy polyester tops after age 50 are not a good idea. So the women have choices. In this case, I’m not so sure that’s wise.
The first violin is so much more animated than the next. I wonder if theatrics are part of the decision on who gets first chair? Is this discrimination?
The piano soloist is amazing. He actually memorized an entire concerto! Well, hold on — I think he fluffed a couple measures there. Still, to be able to do that and jump right back in with the orchestra — impressive.
I hope he gets paid well for that. Then again, to get paid even moderately, and get to do something for a living as enjoyable as playing great music with live orchestral accompaniment? I guess good pay isn’t really a must.
So (the conductor tells us), Mozart wrote this piece for an orchestra of his day, which was likely not a formal group, but rather a gathering of construction workers and music hobbyists. If that’s so, I’m not sure 300 years of “progress” have brought us all that far. How would such a group sound today? Then again, maybe it didn’t sound too great during Mozart’s life, either.
I wish Mozart could hear what his works sound like, performed today.
Hmmm … Mozart died young. What did he die of, again?
Must re-watch Amadeus.
Wait, I’m thinking I read Amadeus wasn’t all that factual.
Must do a little online research on Mozart.
(looking around) There is nothing to make you feel young like observing the audience at an orchestra concert.
Is it just that classical music as an art form is mainly favored by older people? Or do younger people want to go, but just lack the money and/or time?
…and that’s a wrap. Clapping.
Standing o? Really? It was good, but … is it just me, or does pretty much any performance these days get a standing ovation? In my youth, I felt that these occurred much less frequently.
Ah, well. Standing. It was a very enjoyable evening.
No encore (probably not in the contract).