dancing with the stars – part I

like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, watching the oregon symphony assemble on stage before a concert is one of my favorite things: jon pressing his ear to the drum… frank chatting with a pair of patrons… jen slouching in her seat… marty tweaking his reed… julie delivering the score… joël offering a last-minute bit of instruction… peter warming up his vocal chords… nancy glowing.  things like that.  well, all this (and more) was on full display yesterday night before the band’s performance, and the classical beaver was officially back in its happy place after four long months of summer dam-building.  as is customary, the first official program of the classical season kicks off with a rousing rendition of the star spangled banner, and the crowd offered a surprisingly full-throated delivery.  [a sure sign that folks in portland think our country is on the right track, eh?]

and then things got real.  real fun, that is.  the orchestra jumped into the swedish rhapsody #1 by hugo alfvén, immediately injecting each member of the schnitzer audience with one of the most tenacious earworms ever created.  [referring to the tune’s insidiousness, maestro carlos called it “a horrible melody” during his pre-concert chat.]  lilting swedish jigs were fiddled and threateningly dark turns were taken before the band twirled us ’round the ol’ midsummer pole to a stunningly bright and brassy finale.  with a buck-toothed smile on my face, just one thought occupied my mind: ahh… it’s good to be back!


4 Responses to “dancing with the stars – part I”

  1. 1 Jarnold September 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve heard about me slouching in my seat. Hilar! Oddly enough, I also just finished watching a clip of Dancing with the Stars…

  2. 2 pdxvla September 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hmph. I will figure out something noteworthy to do in order to receive some notice in the next review…

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