September 29, 2008 at 9:42 AMDowntown Anchorage seemed more crowded than usual this weekend. Not naive enough to believe that this was entirely due to our upcoming symphony concert, I speculated as to what other event might be taking place in the area. After noticing a high percentage of very tanned, abnormally chiseled people hanging out at the corner coffee shop, I guessed it must be some sort of body-building competition. My hunch was confirmed when, upon entering the backstage area of the symphony hall, I found this sign:
So of course, I told our conductor as I passed him with my violin, "Hey you, didn't you read that sign back there?"
Thanks for playing.
I'd never heard the Prokofiev before, and I really enjoyed putting it together. There was one particular moment during rehearsal when everyone was plucking out the main theme of the first movement (such a militant, persistent motif!) and suddenly I was fully aware that the entire orchestra was in absolute perfect unison. It was as though a beast had come to life, and its energy was greater than the sum of its parts. Thrilling!
It didn't happen exactly like that during the performance, though--too bad. But I'm glad you enjoyed it, Keith. I think we did, too.
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