a rousing night indeed – part II

…which apparently is right after intermission!  dear.  god.  after tearing up prokofiev’s concerto and giving us one helluvan encore, alban gerhardt is so much of a rockstar he sat in with the cello section for dvořák’s symphony #9!  oh man, does this guy ever stop?  [answer: nope.]  jeez, i wanna tell you even more about this cello chief, and all about harry t. burleigh, and i wanna wax poetic on the intoxicating sound of kyle mustain’s english horn, and about the 1893 carnegie hall premiere, and about the final scene in return of the jedi where the heroic gang is all lined up receiving medals, and about coach kalmar’s consistently genius programming, and why my heart is now set on a roadtrip to spillville (iowa), and about the surprise ending of this wild bohemian composition, and about the insanely relevant economic crisis that was sweeping the nation while uncle antonín was visiting the new world, and… and, like a dozen other things.  but most of all… most of all i wanna tell you about the oregon symphony.  faithful beaver readers, when we get down to brass tacks here, words cannot adequately express how much i love this band.  no matter how much i type, nothing comes close – but i’ll keep trying.  allow me to at least say this much: something special is going on herereally.  the crazy-good combination of maestro carlos and 70+ top-notch musicians playing the most kick-ass music (along with glowing national reviews and album releases and increased ticket sales here at home)… wowee ~ just slap the beavs now and call it shirley!  been thinking about checking them out for a while now?  go.  been considering going again soon?  do it.  mulling over upping your current half-subscription to the full-monty?  you only live once.  whatever you do, just do something and get yer’ butt into the schnitzer as often as humanly possible.  i’ll say it one last time: something special is going on here.  be a part of it.  now.  [can i get a witness?]


6 Responses to “a rousing night indeed – part II”

  1. 1 Christa Wessel November 23, 2011 at 10:28 am


    I would totally make a roadtrip to Spillville with you.

    Let’s make it happen.

  2. 2 Charles Noble November 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Yes, and maybe the Arnica Quartet should go with and play the “American” String Quartet while there, too!

  3. 3 Nancy Ives November 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Dear Beaver, I love the cool connections you make (those Star Wars folks look exactly like musicians taking a bow, LOL!), I love your vivid insights and colorful language, and I positively adore your enthusiasm and your willingness to share it. Wind beneath our wings and such! Really! We feel like something special is going on, but we would be the proverbial tree in the uninhabited forest without a participatory and expressive audience — and you’re more of both than most, bless your big, ever-growing incisors!

    Enthusiasm seemed at first like too common or small a word to characterize your epistolary presence, but having some inkling of the word’s etymology, I thought again. According to Wikipedia, “Enthusiasm originally meant inspiration or possession by a divine afflatus or by the presence of a god.” Um, afflatus does not quite mean what you think. ;>) More like “inspiration.”

    • 4 classicalbeaver November 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm

      jeez-louise nancy… you’re gonna make the beaver cry on thanksgiving eve! wow. um, i’ll just keep it short and say “thanks” to you for that affirmation and to all the (quite amazing and talented) folks who’ve taken the time to comment on the blog. everyone here at the home office really, really appreciates it. really.

    • 5 Slim Timba November 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Nancy, are you going to start a blog about the beavers blog? Seriously, I have to live with this rodent:)

  4. 6 Rachel November 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Kyle Mustain, huh? Yeah, that’s pretty much the best E Horn solo I have heard in my entire life. It was so well done.

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