Friday, September 4, 2009

Symphony Under the Sky Preview

Symphony under the Sky begins this evening! Every year the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra puts on a set of concerts in the beautiful Hawrelak Park in Edmonton and it is an informal friendly concert setting for those who love music. They play a wide range of musical from traditional opera overtures to classical concertos and Hollywood soundtracks. Even though the weather has been looking ominous all day with scattered showers, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra twitter informs me all is going ahead according to plan. I just hope I don't get rained out... Tis' the fate of grass seating I guess.

On a slightly happier note, I am looking forward to attending and blogging about 3 of the concerts happening this long weekend. Thanks again to Phil from the ESO for setting me up with tickets! Tonight's performance is entitled "Sparkling Classics" with pieces such as Gershwin's Concerto in F and Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. In my experience in the past years, the first evening is always something delightfully classical and pleasing to the ear. I am also a fan of piano soloists, I think piano holds a place close to my heart since I used to fall asleep while listening to my sister practise Chopin Nocturnes in the evenings as a child.

On Sunday evening I will also be attending "Simply Sinatra," and simply put, Steve Lippin will be singing some Sinatra classics. This should be fun and you can bet I will be singing along to New York, New York if Steve sings it. I remember a few years back when I visited New York I really wanted to go to Shakespeare in Central Park. The tickets were free but the catch was that you had to line up early for tickets. I remember getting up at 7am, left my mom sleeping in her bed (she was going to meet me later), bought some breakfast at the nearby deli, and took the subway to Central Park. I didn't know exactly where the line began but I just followed everybody else and found a spot. There I had little to entertain myself with so I just listened to my ipod until 12pm. I remember lying on the grass on a Macy's bag I deconstructed so I wouldn't get dirty while all the locals around me brought a chair to sit on (the little luxuries I lacked while traveling). Looking slightly homeless but overall quite content, I remember looking up at the canopy of Central Park trees and as my ipod playlist started playing Sinatra's "New York, New York." The timing was perfect. To this day that song still takes me back to that time in Central Park.

On Monday afternoon the Symphony Under the Sky wraps up with "Trumpets to Tchaikovsky." I am looking forward to hear the sparkling sound of trumpets as well at the canons which are released during Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

Anyway, I am excited for these upcoming concerts and I hope you will all check back here often as I am sure I will have exciting things to blog about!

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