Let me tell you about the fun I had with a few of my girlfriends last weekend. We saw A Fiddler's Take on the Symphony Orchestra at the Centre in the Square on Saturday night. What a blast!
I spent half of the evening trying to figure out the difference between the violin and the fiddle, and the other half forgetting why I cared. The truth is, everything that I heard, whether it was "Classical" or "Cape Breton-inspired", was awesome! Who really cares about the labels? (Okay, I do admit that I care a little...so I checked out fiddling on Wikipedia, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddle, if you are also curious.)
Frank Leahy, fiddler or violinist, whichever you prefer, joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, giving his "Take" on the Orchestra. Wearing jeans and referring to the different sections of the orchestra as "hitters and bangers" (percussion), rippers (woodwins) and tooters (brass), Frank (or rather Frank's wild and crazy character) was certainly NOT conventional. But, let me say, he was hilarious! At times, I wasn't sure if I was at a cultural event or a stand-up comedy act, especially when I heard Frank referred to Johann Sebastian Bach as "Johnny Batch". But, this guy wasn't just fun and games. It was obvious that he took music very seriously. Otherwise, he would not be holding the title of Canadian National Fiddle Champion. Quite an amazing fiddler, for sure!
Now that I think of it, Frank sort of reminded me of the musical equivalent to the dad character on My Big Fat Greek Wedding. If you saw that movie, you may have remembered how the dad, very proud of his Greek heritage, always seemed to find a way to link words back to the Greek language. Likewise, Frank pointed all musical instruments back to the fiddle. Well, as ridiculous as it may be, it was his "Take" afterall.
Now, here's my "Take". If you haven't been to any of the Pops series, you don't know what you're missing. It is an amazing way to unwind after a long week or to gear up for the next week, all depending on where you are in your life. The Symphony in Space is scheduled for February 18 and 19. To purchase tickets, visit the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony online. Hope to see you at the Centre in the Square soon!