Monthly Archives: September 2014

A trip to the symphony

Dressed up to go out

Since Itzhak Perlman was going to be in town around the time of Tao’s birthday, I bought tickets for that show — six months ago when I saw the schedule.

Jaap van Zweden conducts
Itzhak Perlman, violin

RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
Itzhak Perlman, violin
TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio italien

It turns out this was the hottest ticket in town, being a special 25th anniversary gala at the Meyerson.  As well as starting a little late, people kept making speeches and I wondered how much music there would be given the times stated!  Among the “honorary organizers” were the mayor of Dallas and Ross Perot.

There was a special award for the architect I. M. Pei which was accepted by one of his sons.  Since it consisted of a “piece of original limestone” and a chunk of crystal, it looked rather heavy to the people who did handle it.  The 97 year old architect has won every award remotely connected to his field, so it makes sense that he would just send someone to pick it up [pun intended] for him.

Another speaker was Sarah, Duchess of York which surprised me.  I didn’t think that people outside of the area were involved, but apparently the building of the Meyerson was world-wide news and interested people in the Arts from all over.

As for the music, I needn’t have worried.  They simply played until they were done, never mind the printed times for the after party.  In fact, there were two encores: Perlman played the theme from Schindler’s List, and the orchestra continued with a waltz which name I did not catch.

As usual, the live performance at the Meyerson was richer and more powerful than any recording.  That’s the exact opposite of the situation with “pop” music in venues with acoustics so bad that it’s not about the sound at all but the experience of gathering.  I think I will find a good recording of Bruch, though, which is missing from my collection.