Friday, December 12, 2014

New York Philharmonic - The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Symphonic Band - Upcoming Schedule

Friday==>A huge TGIF shout-out to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the morass known as cyberspace.

And, another reminder to my Worker Bee friends==>your weekend doesn’t get underway until at least 5:05pm this afternoon ... so ... stay at your cubicles, wait-stations, broom closets, whatevers, until it is the proper time to leave because you don’t want to risk losing your jobs, demeaning and boring as they are.

So ... let’s move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s concert at Lincoln Center ...

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

Dvorak - Piano Concerto (performed by Martin Helmchen); and,

Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Well, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, this was a wonderful evening.

Helmchen’s performance of the Piano Concerto was beautiful and worthy of the roaring ovation he received at its conclusion.

The highlight of the evening for me was “From the New World,” conducted by the legendary Christoph von Dohnanyt, who, according to the program: “is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent orchestral and opera conductors.”

“From the New World” is in the top-5 of Billi Pod’s favorite symphonies. Who doesn’t love the second movement featuring the familiar melody “Goin’ Home?”

The orchestra and conductor received a roaring, and I mean roaring, standing ovation when the symphony was completed.

Yep ... it was just what your favorite blogger wanted/needed and I left Avery Fisher Hall with a big smile on my face.

In response to several inquiries about what I meant by: “free - subscription series perk” in yesterday’s posting ... well, if you are a season subscriber and pay for your subscription(s) early you are rewarded with one free ticket per series, for concert dates of your choosing. I subscribe to 3 series (7 concerts per series) so I have an additional 3 concerts, free.

Moving on to tonight’s entertainment event ... more music ...

8:00==>THE LESBIAN & GAY BIG APPLE SYMPHONIC BAND - “Make the Yuletide Gay.” Featured on the program will be:

Sostakovich - Folk Dances;
Bulla - Rhapsody for Flute;
Hamlisch - Highlights from “A Chorus Line;”
Anderson - Sandpaper Ballet;
Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite; and,
Tchaikovsky - Dance of the Jesters.
(concert - complimentary ticket)

According to the press info: “Founded in 1979 as one of the first gay bands in the world, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Band is celebrated for a tradition of musical excellence that promotes equality and social acceptance.”

I have seen this highly professional group perform several times and it has always been enjoyable entertainment.

They will be performing at Symphony Space at Broadway and West 95th Street in the Upper Westside.

Speaking of music ... I now have music events scheduled for 4 out of the 5 upcoming days/nights ...

Friday - 8:00==>THE LESBIAN & GAY BIG APPLE SYMPHONIC BAND (discounted TDF ticket)

Saturday - 8:00==>THE HIT MEN @ Tribeca Performing Arts Center (complimentary ticket)

Sunday - 3:00==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC - Holiday Brass (full price ticket)

Monday - open at the moment

Tuesday ==>7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC - Handel’s Messiah (season subscription series)

Yeah ... in case you haven’t noticed ... Billi Pod is a huge music fan ... anyway ...

Yesterday was a good walking day even though the weather was nasty and cold. I got to Lincoln Center early so I could walk the underground areas out of the cold. This helped me reach 5.02 miles for the day. Not bad.

So ... 


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.02 miles (or, 10,988 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,389.88 miles (average 4.03 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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