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Mon, Aug. 18th, 2003 02:07 am
Free Concert and Dining Late!

Today, saffroncisco, huskerduh, and I went down to listen to the Oregon Symphony. It was a memorial concert for a violinist that passed away recently.

The program for the night was:

Pärt's (pronounced "pear-t") Fratres - A really somber piece. The piece starts off with such a soft and quiet violin section. I felt like I couldn't breathe for fear of missing the effect. The section would continue as it slowly grew, then stopped. Then a wood block would keep a simple "tick...... tick... tick" for a couple bars. Then the theme started over, getting a little louder... the piece continued, growing louder and louder each section, adding violas and celli and finally bass, each in turn, until it reached a marvelous and stunning climax where each note was awe inspiring! Then, just as it had built up, it gradually faded back slowly until it was gone.

The three of us enjoyed that piece the most, and it's the one I remember the most about.

Berlioz's "Love Scene" from Romeo et Juliette - One of those standard romantic pieces. Fratres is a hard act to follow, so I don't remember much about this piece.

Wagner's Prelude and "Liebestod" from Tristan and Isolde - A very complex and intelligent piece. There was a lot going on here and much of it is really difficult to describe. The piece was melancholy, but not in a brooding way. Much like the last piece, I don't remember a great deal about it because I was too busy thinking about Fratres.

A couple of saffroncisco's friends from LJ stopped by and said hello. We all wandered out into the lobby and chatted for a while. Then went back in...

Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 - huskerduh and I were discussing for a while whether or not this was the New World Symphony. In actuality, the 9th Symphony is the New World, but I've been having difficulty finding the title for No. 8. I've been looking it up, but it doesn't seem to have a title (at least not one that's commonly used). I remember it being the New London Symphony, but I could be wrong. The last time I heard it was when I checked out Dvorák's symphonies No. 1 through No. 10, but that was two years ago or so.

Overall, Dvorák has a very unique style, so the only way to really describe the piece is that it was very Dvorák. It's definitely a piece that should be listened to, at least once, by everyone.

After the concert, the three of us wandered around Portland looking for a place to grab something to eat. The only places that were open were bars and McDonalds, both of which we weren't going to go to. So I suggested that we try over at Rock Bottom Brewery, since it would probably be open (for it's bar) and it has a restaurant part in it, as well. So, we swung over there, and indeed it was open. We went in had a bite to eat, chuckled at the rowdy drunk people, and waited for the check. Sadly there were issues with the check (it seemed the waiter accidentally added ten dollars to huskerduh's check.

By the time we got that mess figured out, it was about eleven o'clock and the MAX had almost stopped running. saffroncisco and I barely caught the second to last MAX going back into Beaverton. The only catch was that it would only go to Elmonica, when saffroncisco's car was at Willow Creek. So, we stopped at Beaverton TC and saffroncisco called her mother and asked for a ride.

So, a definitely fun evening. I kinda like doing things like that. Except, it would probably work better if it were on weekdays because Tri-Met isn't as evil then. Either that or I could get my license, buy a car, and manage to pay the insurance... with what money? Oh, well.

Current Mood: content content
Current Music: "Fratres" -Pärt


Mon, Aug. 18th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)

...chucked at the rowdy drunk people...

Best. Typo. EVER.

Kenneth Edward Keyn
Mon, Aug. 18th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)

0.0 Oh, my... that sure implies a lot! hehe. I'll go fix that.

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Angelic Aldeian
Fri, Aug. 22nd, 2003 11:39 am (UTC)

I love the Oregon Symphony, shit I want to go next time.