Sunday, May 13, 2007

An die Freude

When Matt and I were on a city adventure a few weeks ago, he bought tickets for an event that has been on his "list" - seeing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony live in a great concert hall. He was able to secure amazingly good seats, so yesterday his parents joined us in taking the train in to go to Avery Fisher Hall to see the National Chorale's Spring Gala concert. It was an amazing performance, and my first "official" experience at Avery Fisher! We saw part of a concert while touring the building a month ago, but it is much nicer to get to sit down and stay for the entire performance! :)
The Chorale started with a piece I was extremely interested in hearing - In the Beginning by Aaron Copland. We sang it my senior year of college, and I just recently was able to get the recording of our European Tour that year, which included this piece. It is an a capella work for chorus and mezzo-soprano soloist, and I loved that I was able to hear it performed live.
After a brief intermission, the orchestra appeared and they began the 9th. I never seem to remember how powerful live music can be. The performance was wonderful. It was a full house, and the audience was extremely enthusiastic, which added to the joy of the music!

On another note, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the moms out there. I actually don't get to see mine today - she is down in Florida with my grandmother. We plan to celebrate next weekend when she is home again. But really, any day is a great day to celebrate mom! Truly, where would we be without her?

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