Happy B'Day Concert
Cool. My wife got the tickets.
My B'Day is this coming Sunday, and on that day the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform Saint-Saens' 3rd Violin Concerto and Orff's Carmina Burana.
And, no, it's not that Vancouver. It's the older one, down here in Washington State. http://www.vancouversymphony.org
Saint-Saens has a special place in my heart. My first magical classical music moment was when I heard Danse Macabre in Kindergarten. It was the most amazing music I had ever heard. It sure beat Ten Little Indians and Row Your Boat! The next year when the teacher played the album in first grade, I made a point to find out the name of the piece and who it was by. I remember that they spelled Danse funny, and Macabre is a funny word as well. And what kind of a name is Saint-Saens, anyway? Okay, French. But is he really a saint? And Saens sure iis weird too. How do you pronounce that?
Frankly, the funny names made it that much more mystical and memorable.
And then we have Carmina Burana - the original head thumping Gothic masterpiece. How many music trailers and commercials have used this music, or music written to emulate it? I just hope that the chorus and soloists can pull it off.
It's a great program, titled "Magic Voyage". We're dragin' the whole family along.
Certainly a very cool present.