Baroque at Disney Hall

Gordon and I spent a remarkably civilized evening at Disney Hall last night listening to Baroque music. The first half of the the program consisted of three pieces by Bach: the Orchestral Suite no. 3; Concerto in D Minor for two violins; and the Sinfonia in D major. The soloists were members of the Phil so the local talent got to show off. They were excellent and I enjoyed the first half of the program. Only problem was applause between movements. I don’t know if the audience got faked out or there were too many newbies at the show who hadn’t learned one doesn’t applaud between movements; it wrecks the musicians’ concentration and just isn’t done. The newbies finally figured out that they had to stay quiet and the program went off without a hitch.

We stayed in our seats during intermission because my back was spasming again. I don’t know what causes it. I can feel it coming; it’s like a cold sore. The burning starts but there’s nothing I can do about the spasms; just do my crab walk and ride them out. I entertained myself by playing chicken with the Bach works: “Bach, Bach, Baacchh”. I think Gordon found me a little tiresome but I thought I was hysterical. I guess I laid an egg.

The second half of the program was Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante in b Flat Major that also featured Phil musicians. They were great and got lots of applause. Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 was the final offering. I was baroque by the end (baroque, get it? Bach, Bach, Baacchh). The guest conductor was Nicholas McGegan who I’d never heard of before but was apparently a Baroque specialist. He had a wonderful time jumping around. He got a violist so excited she almost played herself out of her chair. I’ve noted before that they really should get that girl a seatbelt before she breaks her neck. Gordon commented that McGegan looked like a jolly old elf–sort of like a bald Santa.

It was an enjoyable program but that’s a lot of Baroque in one evening. I noticed people sneaking out. I guess they figured they were civilized enough. But Gordon stayed awake throughout so that says something. Bach, Bach, Baacchh! I still think I’m hilarious.

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About Barbara Schnell

I've dedicated my life to full-time employment avoidance. I've been an actress, renovated a 1921 California Bungalow, set a cash-winning record on $25,000 Pyramid, and came in last on Jeopardy. I live in Los Angeles with my patient husband and two cats.
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