Utah Symphony

by Rebecca on March 30, 2010

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. 

{ 3 comments }

Betsy March 30, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I presume you were there Saturday, since I didn’t see the string on the bow break. :-) Will was great. Such poise for a 17 year old. I think he’s going to be even more amazing as he grows as an artist. Loved him!

Greg Macfarland March 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I completely agree. My wife and I went to a symphony one time and bought the “cheap seats”. We were a little suprised when we were sitting 3 rows back and could see facial expressions and here grunting from the conductor. Yes, I heard grunts too. I felt like we were more a part of the symphony rather than just observing. I have heard that it is better farther back because you can here all instruments blending together better, but it seemed to me that I could here everything just fine. We will definantly buy the “cheap tickets” again next time.

Ronnica March 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

I really enjoy hearing music performed live if it’s something I’m familiar with. Beautiful!

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