What an great week this was for me!
On Monday Stephen took me to the Barbra Streisand concert at Madison Square Garden. Although his review (with which I agree 200%) was not favorable (actually the concert sucked!), it was Barbra...well...whatever. Oprah and her friend were there, Tony Bennett was there, Audra MacDonald and Diana Krall were there, Rosie O'Donell was there (yes I could see them all from my seat!)...
Streisand on stage
Streisand on screen (next to the HUGE teleprompter)
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall
Tuesday was one of those days that you are thankful of being in the career you are. The Baccarat store on Madison Avenue organized a benefit event for Orpheus. The orchestra's wind quintet performed 4 movements of Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. It was delightful. The mix of French impressionism and French fine glass was unique.
On Wednesday Stephen took me to Audra MacDonald's concert at the Allen Room, in Jazz at Lincoln Center. Once again, I was mesmerized by the view of Central Park as the visual background for the concert. She was fantastic, cannot compare to Barbra's lousy, cheesy, ridiculous performance (well, there, I compared it...)
On Thursday, Orpheus had its Season Opening Concert at Carnegie Hall, with Emanuel Ax playing two Mozart Piano Concertos, plus Orpheus playing the Overture to Cosi fan Tutte and the ""Haffner" Symphony.
And, on Friday I got tickets to Merce Cunningham's show at the Joyce Theater, in which they premiered Cunningham's new "iPod" piece. Audience either downlodad the score from Cunningham's website, or could get an iPod shuffle at the entrance. The score also included amplified music, so you could have a unique expeirence of the piece, by mixing the sound from your ipod, with the msuic from the Pa system with the dance.
And today, Sunday, I just had a performance with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble on the east side. We played Tchaikovsky's Pathetique, and Chopin 2nd Piano Concerto.
It was a fun, busy week!