Bela Fleck (banjo) and Michael Stern (conductor).
David and I attended a concert at the Blaisdell yesterday. It featured Bela Fleck on the banjo. Michael Stern conducted the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.
It was the first time we had ever heard a banjo in a symphonic setting, and Fleck’s “The Impostor” concerto did not disappoint us. We really enjoyed it, because it was something new and interesting. His encore piece reminded David of the TV show, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and it made the audience laugh.
The rest of the program was also delightful. We heard Stephen Hartke’s “Pacific Rim” and Copland’s “Symphony No. 3.” Both are modern works, pleasing to the ear.
This was the last concert I attended this year, as I don’t feel like staying up for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which will be held at 8 pm on December 23. I prefer Sunday matinees at 4 pm. However, David might attend it alone. He adores this symphony, which never fails to move him to tears.
I guess you can tell that we are emotional people. Does music move you to tears, too?