Last week my family and I went to Chicago for our family vacation. We saw the musical "The Lion King". All I can say is...astounding. The singers/actors did an amazing job. They were in tune with the pit orchestra and in perfect rythm. I haven't hear that much good intonation since I heard the Minnesota Orchestra (live anyway). The acting was incredibly solid and just flowed like a conversation throughout the entire musical.
Onto the pit orchestra. They were an amazing group of musicians. The strings were just a quartet miced. They played really well together and handled the more African type rythms with astoundingly good quality. The cellist at one point had a gorgeous solo that just stunned me because of its prefection. The violist was really quite solid and provided wonderful harmony to the melody. The second violin seemed to have an incredible control of his position and provided much to the performance as a whole. The first violinist had some wonderful melodies and handled them spectacularly.
While in Chicago and looking for the violin shop Bein and Fushi, we found an incredible sheet music store so I stocked up on some violin concertoes. I bought the Tchaikovsky Concerto, the R. Strauss Concerto, the International Music Orchestral Excerpts Book Vol. 3, the Elgar Conceto, and Veutemps No. 4.
Then we found Bein and Fushi. It really reminded me of Claire Givens Violins. I tried 3 violins and I was pleased to discover it will take about $12,000.00 to find a better violin then the one I have now. I completely fell in love with a violin. It was a Vanna So violin (one of Tetsuo Matsudas best apprentices). It was $13,500.00 and since I'm going to college that was out of the question. The violin had amazing power which was focused and full tone colors. It was also very visually pleasing. All I can say is that I really wanted that violin. The guy (Joseph Bein) who showed me the violins was very nice and he gave me all the time I needed. He also gave me a brief history of the violins and their makers. I wish we could have stayed longer but we had to be getting along to the aquarium.
I can't believe I'm so close to college already. Well, g2g feed my dog, tootles.
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