...Might Lead To Unexpected Places
These steps. They've led me to witness the magic of Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner, Sigur Ros and Pat Metheny, Dawn Upshaw and Joshua Bell and countless more.
This time the steps have led me to a surprising place. The line-up for the upcoming concert was rather eclectic, but irresistible: Vaughan Williams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Igor Stravinsky. I was on the ASO website, contemplating what day to buy two tickets on: Friday, Saturday or Sunday, when a promotional email from the Atlanta Symphony popped up with a buy-one-get-one-free offer for the Friday concert. My contemplation was over the same minute.
The concert was lovely. Vaughan Williams' piece, The Tallis Fantasia, was charming. Osvaldo Golijov's "Youth Without Youth" was intriguing. I have this album, but it was interesting to see the making of the piece, which included the Persian upright violin, Romanian cymbals, accordion, and the laptop remix wizardry, all in front of the orchestra. Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" was the most complex oeuvre, but there was no surprise here. I've heard it many times before.
And here is what made the whole experience so different that evening: a lady in a tight sparkling black evening gown was my immediate neighbor to the right. She had a décolleté so deep, the dress was barely covering her oversized breasts. I must confess, her cleavage was like a magnet to my eyes. Stravinsky, despite being a genius, had no chance competing against this lady's beauties, on which my tired eyes quite often found rest.
I am happy to report that the Atlanta Symphony has fulfilled their promise. I did have two shows for the price of one, indeed. :-)