Wonderful time with Anne Akiko Meyers

Yesterday, David hung his handicapped placard on his rear view mirror and the parking attendant allowed him to park in this handicapped stall, which was located next to the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Note David’s cane. He was so happy he didn’t have to walk very far:

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As we approached the entrance to the hall, we were greeted by the sweet sound of violins, performed by talented young members of the Suzuki School:

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This was the interior of the concert hall, as viewed from the top of the balcony, where we sat:

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Here I am, wearing long distance glasses, which I use only to see the stage at the Blaisdell:

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And here is David, smirking as usual:

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We adored the featured soloist, Anne Akiko Meyers, who is an acclaimed American violinist. Recently, she was awarded lifetime use of the 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu violin, considered to be the finest sounding violin in existence. At yesterday’s concert, she performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor. I especially loved the second movement’s pizzicato segments. She received a standing ovation, and for an encore, she played “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” a song she said she always associates with Hawaii.

The conductor, Junichi Hirokami, was born, raised, and trained in Tokyo. Having conducted all over the world, he is now Chief Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. David and I enjoyed the pieces by Khachaturian and Strauss, which sounded lush.  Kudos to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra!  They never fail to impress us.

All in all, we had a wonderful time, made all the better by the handicapped parking for David.

10 Responses to “Wonderful time with Anne Akiko Meyers”

  1. Christine Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time, it is a gift to be able to appreciate music the way you do.

  2. DJan Says:

    It looks so delightful. And thank you for the pictures, I felt like I was right there with you, except that I missed the music. Wonderful! Thank you, Gigi, for the sweet comments you’ve been leaving on my blog. It makes my day. 🙂

  3. granny annie Says:

    Glad you have the handicapped placard. It does make a difference to be closer. Ron used to call his the “cripple sticker”. Not very politically correct.

  4. Joanne Says:

    Everyone here says Let grandma drive; she has a handicapped placard. Except, it’s shortened to “a capper.” Don’t ever be embarrassed!

  5. Suzanne Says:

    Sounds like a fun day. Glad his knees did not have to walk too far.

  6. DeniseinVA Says:

    That sounds absolutely ;divine Gigi, I would love to have attended this performance. Glad that David is using his handicapped sign for closer parking spaces.

  7. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Those handicap placards are gold. I love mine.

    Connie played violin for 12 years. Granddaughter Hannah played piano for 12 years. Hannah still plays the piano.
    Love little children making music.

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    I like what Christine said, “It is a gift to be able to appreciate music the way you do.” And in return the music is a gift to you.

  9. Olga Says:

    What a wonderful evening for the both of you.

  10. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I enjoy classical music very much and have had the privilege of hearing Anne Akiko Meyers play — so I know exactly what a treat you enjoyed!

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