Electrifying! – Bethany Hensel

I invited two friends of mine to Sunday's performance of the John Adam's piece, Dharma at Big Sur.  Amazingly enough (at least to me), Steve and Brandon had never been to Heinz Hall before, or a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert.  Wow.  Anyway…

The show was, as all the bloggers seem to attest to, electrifying.  (Hence the title of this post.)  I am not sure what I personally was more impressed with: the fact that one man could write something so exceptional, or that one woman, Leila Josefowicz, could play the violin (electric or not) so well. 

Well, let's face it, they were both brilliant. 

What impressed me even more though, was Steve's and Brandon's reaction to the show.  Now, let me see if I can accurately portray how they felt without engaging in too much hyperbole.  Hmmm, I'm still thinking about it.  Okay, here's how much they loved the show:

Steve and Brandon enjoyed and loved the show as much as AIG would enjoy and love 260 billion dollars.  (Did that make sense?) 

Firstly, Heinz Hall herself really impressed them.  Secondly, the performance iself completely bowled them over.  They got up from their seats – actually, they were already up, as we all were giving the PSO a much deserved standing ovation – and left the theatre in sort of wide eyed astonishment, as if they couldn't believe what they had been missing, as if they couldn't believe what they had just seen. 

I chuckled at them several times, not believing what I was seeing.  Here were two mature, well-rounded individuals, and they were as giddy and excited as two year olds!  It was amazing.  I mean, I was pretty happy myself – the concert was fabulous – but it's been a while since I was that crazily overjoyed.

This proves one thing: The PSO is an orchestra for anyone and everyone.  Whether you are a seasoned professional like me, or a newbie to the entire thing, entrancement seems unavoidable.

I'm so glad Steve and Brandon were able to come with me on Sunday and that they enjoyed and loved the PSO as much as me. 

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Mar 19