After I watched the three hour amazing life changing jaw dropping best experience of my life rehearsal, I finally DID get kicked out because they had to tune the piano and then open the doors officially.
My friend and coworker Jen, and her fiance Aaron, were also going to the concert. I met them outside the fence and spazzed out. I had not had anything to eat or drink since my Starbucks 5 hours previously, but we could not get out of line because we had “priority seating”, but it was still a free for all once you got in. We chatted, I spazzed, we saw some dogs which was awesome. Then they opened the gate and we bum rushed the front row. We did not get in the front row, but we got the second row. We caught Pokemon while waiting.
Jen and Aaron both play the violin and I have been demanding a private concert ever since I found out. This is my public outing of them – they owe me a concert!
Joshua Bell started the concert and as always, it was beyond words amazing. He played something I never thought I would see in real life – the recording of it is fantastic, and I just never though it would be played live, but he played it.
Seriously. Listen to that. Imagine seeing that in real life. LISTEN TO IT NOW.
He also did this intro where he talked about movie soundtracks, and I convinced myself in that 20 seconds that he was about to play 503 from Angels and Demons. He did not. He played Ladies in Lavender, which I like very much. I am determined that before I die he will play 503 in person for me, even though he does not remember ever playing it.
The dude behind us was very chatty and he said he had the same violin teacher, Josef Gingold, as JB. Then the guy started criticizing the orchestra people on stage for tapping their feet. Every new person that tapped, he would say “oh my gosh, there’s another one” and eventually he said “The whole damn outfit has run amuck” and I immediately wrote that down because it is hilarious. I let Aaron do most of the interacting with this man because I do not like interacting with people when JB is around.
The second part of the concert was Trumpet Guy. I told Jen and Aaron about the lady who sings trumpet noises, and lo and behold, she came out and they looked at me and mouthed “Trumpet noise lady?” It turns out, I am not a fan of jazz, trumpeting or really kind of anything that Chris Botti did. I did like the parts where Joshua Bell came out and performed with him, but even then, I liked the JB parts and not the Chris Botti parts.
Here is the thing about Chris Botti – HE STARES INTENTLY AT PEOPLE WHILE HE PLAYS. It is unbelievably unnerving. Then he said that everyone should come to the front and dance, and thus ensued my own personal hell. Crowds. Dancing. Clapping. I do not do that.
I also have observations about JB and Chris Botti and their instruments. JB is reserved, demure, kind, intelligent, poised, kind of shy….and to me, that also describes a violin. Chris Botti was boisterous, arrogant, loud, brash, and I’m sure very talented and intelligent as well, but that doesn’t come across with his onstage personality….much like a trumpet.
And Joshua Bell’s girlfriend? It’s not THAT exciting, but I was kind of exciting. I knew her face and I just could NOT remember why – but she sings. Very well! She’s a soprano, which I do not prefer, but she’s not as soprano-y as most sopranos. And here is why I recognized her face, because it’s not like I’m on top of opera people…
And now I have a ticket to see JB in Buffalo on September 17th, so yay!