November 21, 2011

Beethoven: More Than Just a Ringtone

Filed under: Reviews — samueljenk @ 1:15 am  Tagged

On the long journey up the stairs at Carnegie Hall i got to thinking there wasn’t much about Beethoven i knew, besides that his first name was Ludwig.  As i got to my seat next to Nick i couldn’t help but feel squished. Suddenly the music started and I was transported into the music forgetting about my stuffed seating arrangements.  At first i the conductor struck me.  His movements seemed spastic.  Every piece of music contorted his body in another direction. This was my first time seeing a conductor in action and i was really amazed.

What was difficult about the concert to me was all the different sounds.  As every knew sound erupted i was playing a game of which instrument did that sound come from?  Then i would be watching the violin bows moving but i could not hear any distinct sound emanating from them.  After about 10 minutes I was completely ready to appreciate all the music.  And when the music stopped we all had the pleasure of hearing the second orhcestra, people coughing and clearing their throats.

My favorite part of the evening was the beginning of the second act.  It was my first ringtone on my first phone so it kinda transported me back to those times.  Those dun-dun-dun-dun’s were awesome.  All in all i really enjoyed this evening much more  than i ever thought i would.  The opportunity to hear such a talented orchestra is really once in a lifetime


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