Sunday, February 8, 2015

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Big Love - Brian Williams

Sunday==>Billi Pod hopes that each and everyone of his loyal and faithful readers and followers is having an AWESOME weekend out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks.

Your favorite blogger’s weekend has been going well and he will share the details below in just a few minutes ... but ... first ...

Let’s have the usual gratuitous weather update from The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World ... at 11:00am it is overcast and kinda nasty looking. The temperature, however, is manageable==>35º, wind chill down to 27º.

So ... let’s move on to Billi Pod’s report on last night’s excellent entertainment event ...

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA @ Carnegie Hall - The program was:

Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto (performed by Anne Akiko Meyers);
Rameau - Orchestral Suite from “Les Boreades;”
Andres - “Word of Mouth” (World Premiere); and,
Schubert - Symphony No. 5

Folks, this was a super-excellent concert, highlighted by the final number, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5. I am a big Schubert fan and this was a beautiful performance.

Anne Akiko Meyers, filling in for the ill Austin Dumay, gave a stellar performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.

Thankfully, the World Premiere of the work by 30yr. old Brooklyn-nite Timo Andres was melodically pleasant and not the usual atonal dreck that Billi Pod hates. Andres received a very loud round of applause when he came onstage when the piece was completed. 

I was amazed at the location of my comp. seat ... orchestra, row P, dead center. The face-value of the ticket was $98.00. WOW!!

Yeah ... I left Carnegie Hall with a big smile on my face because the concert was everything that I had anticipated, and more.

Now ... moving on to tonight’s entertainment event ...

7:30==>BIG LOVE - “Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa in this modern re-making of one of the world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. Mayhem ensues, complete with grooms in flight suits, women throwing themselves to the ground, occasional pop songs and romantic dances - even a bride falling in love.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

The buzz on this show has been very mixed ... so ... we will see.

It is playing at The Signature Theatre Complex on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 1:30, without intermission, and runs through March 15th.

In closing==>I think that Brian Williams made the right decision in voluntarily removing himself as “NBC Nightly News” host for the next several days. As you probably know, NBC has also launched an internal investigation including, among other things, his coverage of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.

My gut tells me that this ain’t gonna go away ... so ... stay tuned.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.23 miles (or, 7,059 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>158.23 miles (average 4.16 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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