fight for your rite – part I

the oregon symphony’s final show of 2011/12 reminded me of the band’s carnegie concert from last year – both commenced with a quietly meditative work for small orchestra, accompanied throughout by full-throated coughing from a rather restless audience.  [i’ll just say it: the schnitz seriously sounded like a fucking tb clinic monday night.  okay, this rodent is done venting.  probably.]  i suppose the hauntingly gorgeous timbre of strings punctuated by the random hacking-up of a lung could be interpreted as an appropriate metaphor for the music… after all, the black gondola by franz liszt is a composition inspired by mortality and the gothic darkness of death.  but how to explain away that unfortunately-timed cell phone ring in the row directly behind me during the fragile, closing measure of the work?  [perhaps it was notification that we lost another patient in the upper balcony ward.]  no matter.  in a program maestro carlos described as artistically “slow, very crazy, slow, very crazy,” any future distractions were about to get drowned in the canal and blown away by the sounds of a bustling orchestral city.  bring.  it.  on.  [please!]

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3 Responses to “fight for your rite – part I”


  1. 1 Kirsten May 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I love the poetic vocabulary you choose for the horrible hacking! 🙂

  2. 2 Marvin & Abby May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Yeah, over 2,000 music lovers paid good money to listen to … coughing? Would this be a good excuse for a “Rite (to hear) Spring” riot?
    The recorded concert will be broadcast in September on All-Classical, so why didn’t they stay home and wait and listen at home where they won’t infect and disturb everyone else?

  3. 3 Abby Dawson May 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    But on a cheerier note, thanks for stopping by to see us at the AllClassical table. See you next season, Beaver! ~Abby


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