Getting my vacation groove on...

Tonight we head to Tanglewood - the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra - for an evening of Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel. I adore the French Impressionist music of the later two composers - and what's not to treasure about Beethoven, oui? So even though the weather has been like a rain forest (we're inside and covered), we're off to hear:

+ Beethoven's Violin Concerto - with the Russian violin master, Vadim Repin

+ Debussy's La Mer Symphony (or symphonic impressionist sketch)

+ And Ravel's Suite No. 2: Daphnis et Chloe - his most impressive composition

Ok... now we're back 4 hours later
- and it was a GREAT show! As expected, the two French impressionist compositions were the highlights. Can you imagine a symphony orchestra with 15 double bass players? And woodwind section - including a bass flute and piccolo - that were breath taking? It was a treasure and well worth the effort - and the chilly, damp weather - to hear these symphonies played to perfection. Next stop... Monday in Montreal!


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