The name’s Symphony...that’s K-W Symphony!
This past Saturday, my husband and I experienced a lovely evening at the Centre in the Square where the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony magnificently performed The Music of James Bond and other Spies and Rogues. This was their final Pops program of the 2009/10 season, and it was fabulous.
The whole evening was a treat, and without a doubt, a nice change of pace from our very hectic lives. We are both self-employed, Roger in the Custom Woodworking business and I a busy Realtor, so an evening at the Symphony was good for our souls.
I’m glad I didn’t go solo. But, I’m appreciative that the trumpeters and saxophonist did. Bold and beautiful, for sure. We loved how the bass players spun their instruments around during Lalo Schifrin’s Mission: Impossible. Quite entertaining! And we enjoyed hearing the electric guitar in George Martin’s Live and Let Die piece. Now that’s an instrument not often featured at the Symphony. Very refreshing! Peter Gunn by Henry Mancini brought us back to a different era with it’s jazz/rock/funk style that inspired so many 1950’s spy films.
It’s hard to find anything negative to say, but nothing in life is perfect, is it? The only thing that didn’t quite seem to fit was the choice of the vocalist, Marcia Whitehead, who was featured in several theme songs. While Marcia was clearly well-trained and had a rich and beautiful lower register, her upper range did not always carry over the full orchestra and her operatic style didn’t seem to suit the jazzy and contemporary songs she sang.
It was great to sit amongst such a diverse crowd – teens with their friends, families with young children and even some hip grandparents all enjoying the same music. The Symphony is something that everyone enjoys. I’d just like to see more seats filled, so I’m doing my best to spread the word in our region that, hands down, this is one of the BEST ways to spend an evening with your friends and family. And if you have a special someone you’re trying to impress, attending the Symphony can be pretty romantic.
Now that I think of it, it worked for me. My first date with Roger was spent at the Symphony in my home town on another lovely May evening five years ago. I hinted to him that I had purchased two season’s tickets in the orchestra section and one of the seats was open one particular evening. So, he took a 6 hour drive to sit beside me and hear some of Tchaikovsky’s best works. A very sweet and sentimental evening, I’d say. Little did Roger know, that evening was one of my tests to make sure he was cultured and enjoyed music of all genres. Needless to say, he passed!
And this recent May evening was a great reminder of one of the things that brought us together. Music tends to do that, you know. The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony says it well on the front page of their program – BECAUSE at the end of a busy week there's nothing like an evening of entertainment, excitement and fun. So true. But, to people like us, music isn’t just entertainment. The awesome thing about music it is that it truly resonates within a person and lingers way after the concert ends.
Check out the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s upcoming schedule online at:
We're thinking of attending Orff's monumental Carmina Burana, from the Signature Series, presented on Friday, May 28th and Saturday, May 29th. Both performances start at 8pm. Driving rhythms. Dramatic climaxes. Sensual. Moving. Powerful. Allow yourself to be captivated by one of the greatest pieces ever composed for chorus and orchestra.
Let me know when you’re planning to attend, so I can shake your hand during the intermission!