May 24, 2008 at 7:16 AM
(2nd violinist and Orchestra Librarian - Jeannine Bamberg - taken during intermission)
The Hillsoboro Symphony Orchestra finished our season with a "Pirates!" concert. There were so many families that brought their children to the concert. Many of the children were all dressed up as little pirates. There were even a few adults that came dressed as pirates as well! We played to a full house. Not the norm for our May concert, especially not one on the Friday before a long holiday weekend.
The only mishap we had was when 'Ol Chumbucket came up and gave our conductor a kiss, and his sword knocked our concert-mistress's violin. Luckily the worst that happened was that her violin went out of tune, but it gave us all a bit of a scare. She was able to re-tune during 'Ol Chumbucket's and Capt'n Slappy's skit.
('Ol Cumbucket & Capt'n Slappy with the Goodbody's)
Our conductor conducted one piece with a sword (plastic of course). All of us in the front row were afraid that it would slip out of her hand. But the audience loved it! She also conducted another piece with a hook.
It was so much fun to do a family-style concert. We managed a little bit of decorum. The audience and their families (and the orchestra) had alot of fun. It is good to lighten up from time to time. Good to know everyone is so serious about classical music. :-)
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