Last night I went to my first classical concert since I was eleven. Used to go to them all the time as a kid, as my parents wanted to expose me and my sister to Culture, but I haven’t been since they split up. I usually don’t go to concerts of any sort because they’re expensive, but student tickets were $15 and my violinist friend The Butterfly was going to be there (although not performing) so I went. I am so, so glad I did.
The first half was the conductor/music director playing piano and talking to the audience. It was nice. I particularly dug the Liszt pieces, “Funeraille” and “Hungarian Rhapsody #10.” Chopin’s “Nocturne in D Flat” was pleasant, as were the two Lecuona pieces. The Debussy annoyed the crap out of me, though. It sounded like Muzak, almost. Like you’d hear in the background of black-tie galas in the movies. Dreadful. It was played well, I can’t fault the musician, I just loathe that style of piano. I need to listen to more Liszt though. And soon.
The second half of the show… I was so happy. Conductor and four orchestra members (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) played Schubert’s “The Trout” quintet in A Major. I think my eyes left the cellist twice in the 45 minutes or so of the piece. I was watching his arms and hands and bow. I haven’t seen a cello played in person since I was a child, and it was delicious, and I was absorbing as much of his technique as I could. He was a larger man and hunched over his cello, and he had these giant thick fingers and his body language said he couldn’t make the sounds he was making. It was weird but cool. During the fourth movement he was practically banging on the instrument and I was like, holy shit, I’d be terrified to do that, banging hard enough that strands of his bow hair were flying around loose and just wow.
I went home giddy, looked up the dates for the rest of their concerts, and also checked out the dates for the university’s free shows. Must watch allllll the cellos.
Oh, and there was a group in the mezzanine who clapped after every movement. Thinking about it afterward, I believe it was some students, as the concert was held at the community college and the Music Appreciation classes there require attendance at a concert, and you have to write a paper about it afterward. I know, I took the class years ago for an easy A. It was hilarious to watch all the people who were obviously regulars at the orchestra’s shows looking around like “WTELF?” and the musicians on stage seemed rather baffled. It was kind of hilarious.
And that was last night. Subject change!
Today I went clothes shopping. I hate clothes shopping. But I got myself a rather nice lightweight black “travel” suit jacket to use as a blazer, 70% off on clearance. I tried both Goodwills in town first with no luck, but at one of them I picked up a pair of black pants that make me look amazing — taller and leaner. The blazer was because I felt woefully underdressed last night (in a casual button-up shirt and chinos). Plus I like the blazer+jeans+T-shirt look for casual stuff. My old one doesn’t fit anymore, which is why I don’t use it. Also it was corduroy, which is too heavy for anything but winter use here in Florida. The new one is supposed to be comfortable even when running to catch flights or whatever it is people do while traveling in a suit, and is wrinkle-resistant without looking shiny. So yay.
I was exhausted when I got home at 6:30 and took a 4-hour nap. I think I’m ready to go back to sleep now. Good night, internets!