A Blog In Bullets – Bethany Hensel

– Today's matinee performance was awesome.  I fully support symphony matinees and you should too.  The audience was impressively full, considering it was the middle of the day and I thought everyone would be at work.  But it was cool experience and I'm glad I got to go. 

– You remember a while ago I posted about the conductor's podium and how someone must have fallen off it before they put that metal bar going across the back?  Well, today I saw that metal bar be put to the test today with conductor Gianadrea Noseda.  He was giving it a shining with his butt today!  Ha ha. ๐Ÿ™‚

– Conductor Gianandrea Noseda is awesome.  And he looked like a crazy marionette doll while he was conducting.  Nothing reserved about this guy.  He was totally into the music and moving like crazy, and sweating like a horse, too. 

– I got hit in the forehead with a droplet of Gianadrea Noseda's sweat.  

– Benjamin Hochman has a beautiful profile.  

– Did you ever play a video game and you find yourself moving your body as if that'll actually help your character avoid dying?  Benjamin Hochman reminded me of that at his piano.  

– Benjamin Hochman is talented beyond description.  But…

– The prize of the night easily went to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3.  

– Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 is divided into five movements.  They were all very, very good.  I was going to say the first movement was my favorite, but then I thought about it and realized that I really liked the third.  But then I also really enjoyed the fourth.  The second was beautiful.  But the finale…now THAT is what I call a finale.  It's the finale you imagine a full orchestra is capable of.  It's the finale you WANT a full orchestra to be capable of.  And the PSO is definitely capable. 

– Benjamin Hochman signed autographs in the lobby during intermission.  I unfortunately missed him.  No one told me. ๐Ÿ™

– There is a guy in the viola section that wore the most fun tie today.  I don't know his name, but look for him tomorrow and Saturday.  If he's still wearing the tie, you can't miss it.  If he's not, then I guess the only thing I can tell you is to keep your eye out for the Asian guy in the black tuxedo.  :)

– There are more dark-haired people in the orchestra than blondes.

– Which leads me to believe blonds might have more fun, but brunettes (like myself) can keep better rhythm. ๐Ÿ™‚

– The little sandwiches sold today at the bar are sooooo good.  Eat two.  One will not satisfy at all. 

– Okay.  That's it.  Until next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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