The PSO is on the road again, sort of. Half the
orchestra is downtown playing Handel’s Messiah, and the other half is
playing a shorter version of our Holiday Pops Concert for audiences in
South Fayette (at the beautiful new high school auditorium),
Waynesburg, and Shaler (a favorite of the PSO musicians because they
feed us like kings and queens).
Last night was the South Fayette concert. I
brought the video camera to try to get footage of the evening. I
started filming in the carpool on the way to the event, and true to
form, my friends in the horn section provided the audio. "Are we there
yet?…….99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer……I
have to go to the bathroom……….If I have to stop this van and come
back there"…etc., etc. As I have blogged about before, the carpool
provides a steady diet of lively conversation interspersed with howls
of laughter. For me in these shortest days of the year, I consider it
my holiday gift from my friends. Something to lift the spirits and
brighten the mood.
Sarah Silver is the violin soloist for these concerts, playing a
solid rendition of Ravel’s "Tzigane". She is a sophmore at CMU and the
daughter of one of the PSO’s violists, Paul Silver. She is also my
oldest daughter Madeline’s violin hero, after coming to Foster
Elementary to play at an assembly. Dr. Kanell (Foster’s Principal)
introduced Madeline to Sarah and that inspired a little writing project
about the concert. After the concert last night I went to say "bravo"
to Sarah for a job well done and was really impressed with her poise,
maturity and niceness. I hope my kids turn out that great (so far, so
I just got back from the outreach concert in Waynesburg….nice
place, nice people. There were a few musical groups from the high
school playing for a gathering before our concert. A sax quartet and a
brass ensemble, maybe some other groups as well, those two were the
ones I saw in the hallway.
Sometimes there are instances of male musicians showing up to a
concert without a bowtie. It’s an oops feeling that you really can’t do
much about unless you’re lucky enough to be in the orchestra with Zach
Smith. He immediately went to the stage hands and got a roll of black
electrical tape and fashioned two bowties out of it. From a distance,
very convincing. I got some video of one of the works of art. It’ll
probably make it into a future video blog.
This will probably be my last post until the New Year, so I wish everybody the best that the season brings.