Thursday==>I am happy to report to you loyal and faithful readers and followers that last night’s All-Beethoven concert by the WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA @ Carnegie Hall was TERRIFIC, as I had anticipated.
This highly talented orchestra of young Mid-Eastern performers, lead by their conductor and founder Daniel Barenbolm, played Beethoven’s Symphonies 1, 5, and 8 to the roaring approval of a full-house audience.
Folks, the energy, enthusiasm and talent permeating from the stage was palatable, and I am not being overly dramatic, it really was.
As might be expected, Symphony No. 5 ... “da-da-da-dum” ... “da-da-da-dum” ... received the greatest round of applause, with a standing ovation, as it concluded the evening’s concert.
My discounted seat was in the upper balcony but I knew this in advance. It wasn’t a problem because, as I have reported on numerous occasions, the acoustics at Carnegie Hall are awesome. I would have preferred a slightly better sight-line but that didn’t detract one bit from my enjoyment of the concert as a whole.
Yes, Billi Pod left the concert with a smile on his face.
Tonight’s entertainment event is concert number two of the series and it will be Beethoven’s Symphonies 3 “Eroica” (one of my favorites) and 4.
Really looking forward to it. I will be in the same balcony seat for the entire series.
Moving on ...
I am happy to report that the New York Times gave Tuesday’s NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC “Symphonic Sondheim” concert a rave review.
Moving on some more ...
There is a lot of local coverage of the unfolding A-Rod drama, as might be expected.
“ALEX IS GOING ... GOING ... Hip woes, drug probes likely mean Yankee exit.”
front page of sports section of The Daily News.
Of real interest is the story in The News which quotes “un-named” sources within Yankee management to the effect that regardless of what happens with the new allegations of use of performance-enhancing drugs, A-Rod is unlikely to ever wear pinstripes again.
According to numerous “sources,” the hip surgery will likely derail his playing career to such an extent that he will either reach a settlement regarding the remaining years of his mega-inflated contract or just outright retire.
Oh the drama ... stay tuned ...
Oh ... and yes ... Marty ... per your request(s) ... I will continue to make timely reports on the local sports scene for you and my other loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks. You are soooooooooo very welcum ...
Decent weather yesterday meant a good walking day too ... so ...
Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.52 miles (or, 12,066 steps)
Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,100.72 miles
GO GATORS AND GO YANKEES!!
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”