Musical notes

DAVID caricature, letter 004-A

An artist drew this caricature of David and his clarinet when David was a student, majoring in music at the University of Hawaii (1967-1972).  And, yes, David has shaved off his facial hair permanently.

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David and I attended a Hawaii Symphony Orchestra concert last Sunday.  It featured Keith Lockhart (conductor of the Boston Pops) and Robert McDuffie (violinist).  The musical pieces by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein were interesting, because we had not heard them before.  As you know Copland and Bernstein were 20th century composers, so the music is quite modern, unlike Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony (performed after intermission), which was composed during the Classical period centuries ago.  Anyway, we truly enjoyed the new and refreshing program.

Prior to the concert, Michael Titterton (President of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra) announced that Lang Lang, who will be the featured piano soloist on February 18, had injured his left hand.  Therefore, he will perform George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with his right hand, and his protégé will perform the bass part with his left hand.  Wow!  Hopefully, Lang Lang will be able to heal his left hand and play normally in the near future.  He is only 35 years old and at the peak of his career.  More than ever, we wish him the best.  Speedy recovery, Lang Lang!

Meanwhile, I enjoy listening to my old CD recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at home.  It stars Leonard Bernstein as piano soloist and conductor of the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.  This CD is valuable and priceless.   I definitely won’t part with it.

4 Responses to “Musical notes”

  1. David Says:

    Once again you are living your life long dream in Hawaii. Beautiful weather and wonderful symphony concerts which rival the best on the mainland. Your life cannot be matched anywhere else in the world!

  2. DJan Says:

    I also love Rhapsody in Blue and once long ago played it often. I don’t listen to music much any more, unless it’s a sound track for a movie I’m watching. I do attend occasional concerts but they are chorale singing rather than instrumental. One of my friends performs in them. 🙂

  3. Olga Says:

    The adaptability of performers .can be quite amazing. The show must go on

  4. Christine Says:

    Terrible kind of injury for a musician.

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