you say goodbye and i say hello – part IV

it’s not over yet?! – that’s what the lady a few seats over muttered under her breath when she realized the band was not vacating the stage after Beethoven’s fourth.  in fact, the musicians’ ranks were actually swelling for the giant send-off: brahms’ academic festival overture.  i could understand where my bewildered aisle-mate was coming from: after all, what more needed to be heard after a sublime symphony by Beethoven?  but monday night was fated to be an evening filled with beautiful contradictions and surprising combinations, so there was no point in trying to resist… just sit your ass down for 10 more minutes (i may or may not have muttered under my breath).  i mean c’mon: how often does a program end with an overture?  how often does a back-to-back LvB/brahms mash-up happen?  how often does one get to say goodbye to their own resident conductor?  [wait, don’t answer that.]  sure, gregory vajda may find himself saying goodbye when he technically isn’t leaving until the end of the season, but after 7 solid years at the helm, a few months of well-wishes seem more than appropriate.  in the end, it was fitting to squeeze just a little bit more fun out of this concert with some good ol’ fashioned german drinking songs.  that’s what maestro gregory seemed to do all the time: joyfully and energetically squeeze just a little bit more fun out of just about everything.  adiós!  gracias! (and see you around!)

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