Music tames the snarling beast


Thai or Cambodian temple rubbing, featuring musicians and dancers of long ago.  It hangs in my family room.

David and I have been mulling over the new symphony season coming up in September.  Though we have not been informed about the program, schedule, and artists, we are inclined to purchase the season tickets by the July 31st deadline in order to keep our present seats near the left aisle.  I like our seats, because we can see the piano keyboard clearly.

You should have been there for the final concert last month, when ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performed Yasui’s “Concerto for Ukelele and Orchestra,” the only ukulele concerto of its kind in the world.  The orchestra was enormous with many instruments, such as seven basses and a harp.

Unfortunately, during Jake’s cadenza, when he was playing solo, a cell phone started to ring.  A woman rummaged through her large hand bag, but could not find her phone, which kept on ringing.  Grrr.  That stupid woman should have left her seat and gone to the lobby to find her phone in her bag instead of remaining seated.  Man, talk about lack of concert etiquette!

However, I simply adored Jake’s encore, which he composed himself.  It was a duet for violin and ukulele.  It was so lyrical and soaring that tears welled up in my eyes and streamed down my face.  How I wish I could hear that piece again!

We also plan to subscribe to the opera season.  I love Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and would love to see Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” and Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  How exciting!

I just hope that David’s knee replacement surgery on July 30th is a success and he can accompany me to these events and have a good time.

7 Responses to “Music tames the snarling beast”

  1. Beatrice Says:

    Purchasing your tickets in advance is a good idea, especially if you enjoy your current seat selection, Gigi. Hope all goes well with David’s upcoming surgery.

  2. Jan Says:

    My friend John had two knees done at once, and he’s doing fine now. He’s pretty overweight and it makes it much harder for the knees to function properly, but nevertheless, five months later he’s as good as he was before, and without pain. I really wonder about people who don’t turn off their cellphones before a concert! 🙂

  3. happyforUboth!! Says:

    One of the reasons I HATE CELL PHONES IS THE CONSTANT RUDENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grrrrrr! We had our 41st wedding anniversary dinner at a tiny place on the Oregon coast, it was romantic and the fish and lobster were divine and clams too razor clams, some yahoo used his cell phone and talked like he was living in the Mississippi delta loud and crude..The management escorted him from the restaurant and out! They apologized and brought us a cake and hydration for our anniversary no not alcohol a bottle of Martinelli’s sparking cider..We were impressed, this is a lovely place for lovers and people who appreciate the ambience fresh seafood and romance, that fellow will not be returning! YEAH FOR RESTAURANTS WHO ENFORCE CELL PHONE RULES, WE ARE NOT IN A GYM OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT..we adore the symphony but live too far from the one we would love to attend about 200 miles..Hoping and praying your husband David fares well with his operation! ciao and Aloha!

  4. Gwen Says:

    Other than the rude woman, sounds like a lovely time. I hope your season isn’t marred by David’s recovery. Hopefully not. 🙂

  5. Christine Says:

    You definitely should get season tickets, you enjoy it so much! All the best with David’s surgery.

  6. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Cell phones ringing in public places are a nuisance. Hopefully, everyone looked at her and shamed her. I have some of those Temple rubbings. One of my bossses, now with the East-West Center in Hawaii, brought some back from one of his overseas trips. He was there in the Peace Corps as I recall.

  7. Linda Starr Says:

    sad about the telephone, they should have ejected her, I bet someone was recording it and now they have a blooper

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