At first, I wasn't sure. I walked a mile in the rain with ill fitting rain boots. I never did see a bus pass me, so I'm fairly confident my decision to walk was a good one.
When I got there...I couldn't help but laugh. I was literally the youngest person there by at least 30 years. And I think I was one of 3 non-white people. And people kept staring at me! I think the older people were confused what I was doing there. I did have a very pleasant conversation with two ladies about umbrellas and my rain boots. =)
They rehearsed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major with pianist Yefim Pronfman, Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, and a debut piece by Mark Volkert called Pandora.
There was a lecture beforehand that reminded me of my music history classes in college. Very interesting and entertaining, but I fear my brain probably won't retain the details given. That and I hadn't slept and still haven't slept since yesterday. Then there were coffee and donuts....or so I am told. While others left to get refreshments, I stayed for what I think is the most interesting part; the musicians arriving and warming up.
I am a sponge. I love to watch what other people do to see their process, method, and to steal all the wonderful things I can. And one-by-one, as the musicians came on stage, I got quite a few looks and smiles from them. Again, I think it's because I was the youngest one and I just stuck out like nobody's business.
Sitting in the 6th row was...awesome. It's an experience I've never...experienced before. I can't afford those seats! I plopped myself as close as they would allow us and right in the middle. I wanted to watch the technique of the cello players with an eagle eye, and I wanted to be able to hear Michael Tilsom Thomas's comments to the orchestra.
|Empty, right before the lecture|
And the Pandora piece was really interesting. The bass player got a cadenza! I was so happy for him! I've never seen or heard a bass player play such an intricate and technically demanding...anything. All the principal string players had really really difficult solos. It was very impressive.
It was very inspiring and a good reminder that music fills my heart and soul the way nothing else does.