The last exposure that I had to the symphony was in elementary school. I can recall my music teacher trying, in vain, to interest her precocious fifth graders in the perfect symphonic rapture of the string section. Of course, we found it to be hideously boring.
"I hate this," I whined. "There aren’t any words."
Fast forward about twenty years–guess who is now blogging for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. And I don’t hate it! In fact, I think that I might actually like it.
I attended the Classics Preview on Friday night, very unsure of what to expect at my first foray into symphony-going. It turned out to be the perfect way to ease into the season; the symphony offered a sampling of forthcoming concerts, though for me, it was similar to "PSO for Dummies." An assortment of composers were featured, including Beethoven, Mozart, Copland and Rachmaninoff. I was absolutely delighted by the musical labyrinth that engulfed me from the very first moment, and shocked (in a good way!) that I actually recognized The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
The evening was like a commercial for the symphony, or a WQED special (complete with the jarring pledge drive). It absolutely served its purpose–even as a newcomer, I was enticed to return. I might even be on my way to becoming addicted. I am eagerly anticipating my next symphonic experience, and I think that I have a crush on conductor Daniel Meyer.
I can’t wait for my next PSO experience. This is going to be a fabulous season!