Friday, September 26, 2003

matt, margaret and i just got home from seeing the Toronto Symphony. i don't remember ever going to the symphony before.... well, i'll never forget it - that's for sure.

we had such a fiasco getting the tickets today. first i was counting us getting this huge deal with TSO - tsoundcheck - which is a deal for those 15 to 29 to get into the symphony for 10 bucks. TEN BUCKS! that's just amazing. but of course, by the time i called to reserve tickets for us, it was sold out.

then they said i could purchase 'rush' tickets. but then i was informed i couldn't get them over the phone. i have to see if there are any available when i arrive that evening. well, that makes sense. hence "rush". but still sucks.

got there one hour early. got tickets no problem.

and then we were in for such a fantastic night. i cried. like i expected. like anyone expects me to. the three pieces were amazing.

Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3

Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

it was just incredible. i can't believe that people can memorize pieces that long. i mean, i know that they do it all the time. but still to see it actually happen is unbelieveable. so cool.

i heard a few mistakes, but overall, it was incredible. i really liked the conductor. he made the music so visual for me. while he did the technical job of cueing, he also really expressed the music in his motions. it was amazing, the contrasts in dynamics that the orchestra was able to churn out. i can't get over it.

in terms of writing - it's so cool how the writers made the theme travel around to the different sections of the orchestra. (that's something that really impressed me, but i don't pick up very well from recordings. i find that listening to recordings is really 1-dimensional for me. i suppose the visual experience really helps me.) textures in the strings, and brass are so... TASTY... in my ears. it's really the only way i can describe. it's like they flood my insides with full flavours.

i am so happy that i got to go. especially with people who can enjoy it with me. that was worth way more than 20 bucks.

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