We had a most marvelous time at the symphony this past weekend.
Our seats were right behind the conductor. I mean RIGHT BEHIND. Apparently, that is not a good place to sit, as one usher so impolitely told us when looking at our tickets.
But we loved it. We heard the conductor’s grunts as he commanded crescendos. (Did you know conductors grunt?)
We saw the fury on the face of Will Hagen, 17 year old violin soloist, as he brought so much feeling to the piece and took control of that concert hall with his amazing violin abilities.
We were even close enough to see one of the strings on his bow break (is that what they are called?). I panicked for him, but apparently, it’s no big deal. He finished his part, then calmly removed the string and threw it aside like yesterday’s news.
One of the cellists made eye contact with me. I felt very special until my husband told me he had done the same thing with him. But still, if we had been sitting back in the “better” seats, I wouldn’t be telling you now that the second chair cellist in the Utah Symphony made eye contact with me, now would I?!?!!
Now listen to what we heard. You will love it. It was haunting and lovely and beautiful and thrilling.