11:24 - Oooh...the first notes of the Pathetique come from the bassoon. Definitely sets the mood.
I have to confess that I usually prefer the big, loud portions of symphonic music, but there is something amazing about when everyone is playing quietly; like the music wants to burst out, but the musicians are holding it in by sheer force of will.
11:27 - oh yeah, there's that big sound. Bring it!
11:30 - the strings are in the lead, and the lilting melody has me thinking of mountains. This is a pretty cinematic portion of the piece.
11:36 - Mastro Haas is such fun to watch; lots of energy and passion. Whoa - the trombones are in charge at the moment. Look out.
11:41 - Movement over - we were gently sent out by the horns, woodwinds and tympony (sp?). Oh man, I really want to stay, but I've got to get back to work. The bottom line - this group of musicians sounds fantastic, and they seem to be enjoying each other and in good spirits. If you are not a "classical music person" (whatever that means) I still think this concert would be fun for you - this is big, impactful, emotional music that doesn't require much other than an open ear and imagination to enjoy.
One last reminder: tickets can be found at www.waltonartscenter.org or at 479-443-5600. The show is tonight, Monday the 19th, at 7:30 pm. There's a Creative Conversation with Music Director Paul Haas and WAC President/CEO Peter Lane at 6:45pm in Starr Theater.
Thanks! See you tonight.