Thursday, June 26, 2008

I love Central Park !!!

Tuesday was another wonderful day in the Central Park. (I'm a bit of a Manhattan snob; I came here to live in Manhattan and not be a bridge-and-tunnel person.)

So, I've got friends in from France: Julie and her brother Mathieu, who was the photog for the evening. Lots and lots of people...the "ambiance" is fantastic!

The music was great too...
The warm up band was a group of 20 kids from the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music which was the subject of the Oscar-nominated film Music of the Heart and the Oscar-nominated documentary Small Wonders.

The main event...
Bramwell Tovey, Conductor
Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Sousa: Selected Marches

I love Tchaikovsky's music. Then for the encore, the audience could text in their vote between Rimsky-Korsakov's The Flight of the Bumblebee or Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze. No surprise we heard a new version of Jimi's classic played classically.

Of course fireworks after the show...