Friday, August 3, 2007

I Love American Music

Last night was a rare Thursday evening excursion to the Hollywood Bowl. Aside from the insane 1.5 hour bus ride (Sell out at Dodger Stadium) sitting next to a crazy lady, I had a wonderful time.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic performed with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. The theme was "American Music" and we heard from Bernstein, Copland, and Gershwn.
First was "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story". Next up was Copland. Instead of the classical pieces he's usually noted for, we heard instead some folk tunes sung by an amazing baritone, Thomas Hampson. One was a lullaby, one a minstrel song..there were six in all.
Next was Copland's "Lincoln Portrait", which was accompanied with some spoken word stuff by none other than Gore Vidal.
Last was one of my favorites: "an American in Paris" by George Gershwin. It was so nice to hear the whole piece, not just the little bit that is in the movie.
A great evening.

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