now, if someone asked the beavs to name the top 3 most-thrilling moments for violin & orchestra, it would finally have an answer: #1 has to be tchaikovsky’s opening movement for his (only) violin concerto, #2 is Beethoven’s final movement for his (only) violin concerto, and the newly-crowned #3 is what josh bell & the band played last night at the arlene schnitzer concert hall: the final movement of the (only) violin concerto composed by jo-jo brahms. and i have to confess the thrill-factor was most certainly upped yesterday by the presence of the most famous fiddler on the planet: mr. joshua bell. when this violinst’s name is on the program, not even the looming threat of sno-pocalypse 2012 could prevent a packed schnitz. and for very good reason: the guy is very fucking good. like, great. like, um… like stephen-hough good. [yes, that good.] jesus h. christ, monday night was the last performance of a four-day gig and it was delightfully obvious that bell and the band were pouring out everything they had to give both technically and emotionally for this sublime music. not to mention the brassy fireworks of the second half’s brilliant handel/janáček mashup. and carlos was conducting. and it was (finally) time to officially introduce the band’s brand new flute captain, ms. jessica sindell. [c-town, represent!] wow, please tell me you were there. please?
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