Friday, May 1, 2009

Sketches: The Symphony's French thing (w/ donuts)

Marc-Andre Hamelin playing Saint-Saen's Piano Concerto No. 2. I saw the Friday brunch show, catered by Krispy Kreme. It was a program of French music.

Yeah, he signed my sketch. He joined us in the crowd for the second half of the program, and I lightweight stalked him to get the autograph. This guy can wail on the piano! Just the right dash of showmanship, too.

Felicia Foland, jamming with the band on Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. A tombeau is a composition for a dead person. Ravel dedicated each of the movements to someone he knew who died in World War I, where he served as an ambulance driver. Good way to meet people who die.

Violinist Allison Harney had a good view of the action throughout. She is really nice looking, on top of being principal violinist of the second violins in maybe the best orchestra in the U.S. That's best of the second for the best. Not bad!

Yan Pascal-Tortelier sub'd for David Robertson on the bandstand. He was super energetic with the hand motions. Kind of looked like he was swimming standing in place on dry land.

I am a David Robertson fan, but Yan had his own thing going on. Conductor Laureate of the BBC and all. The orchestra had a sloppy finish on the Ravel piece (my opinion), but otherwise, all was to the good!

They do the same show again tonight and tonight only. It's a great show, especially for people who don't crave the more edgy, outsider stuff that David makes his own.

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