Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New York Philharmonic Concert - The Last Ship

Wednesday==>We will get today’s posting off to a fast start with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ... a classical music concert at Lincoln Center ...

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall. The program was:

Unsik Chin - Clarinet Concerto, performed by Kari Krukku; and

Mahler - Symphony No. 1.

This was a totally enjoyable evening, especially Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, which was majestically beautiful.

The Clarinet Concerto, which was 24 minutes long, was only so-so since it was largely atonal and rather weird sounding. The performer, Kari Krukku, did an outstanding job with the difficult material.

As you might remember from previous postings, in High School I played the clarinet and was the first chair and also Band President during my Junior year.

At the end of my Junior year my music career came to an abrupt end when I was enticed into a physical altercation with that spawn-of-the-devil Howard Stivers, the Band Director, may his soul forever burn in hellfire and brimstone ... and ... ooooooooooops .... sorry ... I digress ...

Back on topic ... burn in hell you piece of donkey-dung ... oooooooops ... sorry again ... now ... really back on topic ... 

Seated next to me were my friends Alan and Irene Warshauer, who are both attorneys. I hadn’t seen them since the end of last season so it was nice to have time for some much needed/wanted catching up. They shared my feelings about the clarinet number and totally liked Mahler as did I.

When the concert is over the weather was OK so I walked back to the apartment while listening to the Oakland/Kansas City wild card game on ESPN radio, 98.7 FM.

Man, what an exciting game it was. It went into extra innings and Kansas City finally won 9-8 in the bottom of the 12th inning to advance to the American League Division Series (ALDS) against The Los Angeles Angels starting on Thursday.

In tomorrow’s posting I will share with you loyal and faithful readers and followers Billi Pod’s predictions on who will advance to the World Series and who he wants to advance to the World Series ... so ... stay tuned.

Moving on to tonight’s entertainment event ...

The Broadway musical ...

8:00==>THE LAST SHIP - “The Last Ship is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering vessel representing the shared dream that has defined their existence.”
(Broadway - discounted TDF ticket)

The score for this show, which had a shaky tryout in Chicago, is written by multi-Grammy Award winner Sting, who is making his debut as a Broadway composer.

The first Broadway preview performance was Monday and already there is a ton of negative buzz floating around, mostly directed at  the show’s book, written by John Logan and Brian Yorkey.

It is playing at the Neil Simon Theatre on West 53rd Street, officially opens on October 26th, has a running time of 2:35, with intermission, and is an open run.

OK ... time to post this and then do some major walking and wandering someplace because your favorite blogger is very very antsy at the moment ... so ...

Oh ... September was a pretty decent walking month ... 

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.34 miles (or, 7,308 steps)

Total mileage for September==>130.33 miles (average 4.34 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,111.56 miles (average 4.07 miles per day)


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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