Oh Symphony….every time I see you, you just totally outdo yourself. You were marvelous and heartfelt with the Matthew Morrison show. You really commended the late great Marvin Hamlisch. So classy. And on Saturday, you were simply sublime with not one, but two great performances. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s Requiem.
So first things first: the Beethoven Concerto was pretty awesome. The Symphony played incredibly, as did guest violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley. I met him after the show and he was very nice. The cadenzas he wrote were interesting. Admittedly, I only recognized when the cadenza kicked in, not when it transitioned to the original work. But I would love to have asked him what made him write what he did and how he came about it. They were nice, but very much a departure.
Mozart’s Requiem was performed in the second half and it was, like I stated before, sublime. I mean, the work is a masterpiece and the PSO, Mendelssohn Choir, and guest narrator F. Murray Abraham really did it justice. John Lithgow (of Third Rock From the Sun fame and a bunch of other movies) narrated several years ago, and he did amazingly well but there was something about the way F. Murray Abraham did it that really floored me. Maybe it was the gravitas to his voice. Maybe it was his perfect posture and graceful hand movements. Or maybe it was the fact that I was staring at the guy who won an Oscar for his portrayal as Antonio Salieri from the movie Amadeus and the irony of it all was just too much for me to comprehend! Who knows???
I could go on and on about the performances, and they certainly do deserve praise, but I do want to take a minute to address something important.
Sleeping. Yes, dear attractive readers. Sleeping. There is a time and place for it, and I must say, at Heinz Hall, during the Requiem, is not the time or place. And it’s especially not the time and place during the Lacrimossa to snore really really – let me say again…really – loudly.
I felt so bad for the Symphony! And the Mendelssohn Choir, and Mr. Abraham. All that hard work and someone falls asleep and starts snoring! May I ask why no one woke him up???
The PSO did get huge standing ovations after each performance, so I’m glad the hard work was acknowledged and appreciated, but I think it’s time for a repost of my Ten Rules To Know When Seeing a Show. Rule 10 is in fact, Don’t Fall Asleep During the Show!!
So look for that repost soon. And until then, be sure to get your Zzzzs at night, in your bed or on your couch, and not in at the symphony.