Meant to post this much earlier...but it’s not too late to share my review of the first Signature Series concert of the season (nor is it too late for you to buy tickets to the second concert of the season).
To put it in layman’s term, the Symphony rocks! I greatly enjoyed “Mozart Times Two”, which was held the first weekend of October. It was another beautiful evening at the Symphony, and I am really looking forward to my next time out!
I wondered where they got the title “Times Two”, but I quickly learned that the concertos were written for two pianos, and the pianists who played with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony were so incredible that the audience could hardly tell when one left off and the next one picked up. How do people do that, I wondered, as the night progressed. It’s just amazing! Orion Weiss and his sweetheart, Anna Polonsky, were a real hit. These two were so in sync with one another, which doesn’t always come naturally for married folks, but it seemed to come naturally for these two that evening. It was obvious that they share so much – love, chemistry and passion for music. Weiss and Polonsky are truly gifted artists who blessed us with their talent that night.
Usually, I attend the Symphony with my husband, but this time, I went with his brother Rick and what a neat experience that was. I just LOVED how much Rick enjoyed himself, and I really appreciated his keen ear for all of the different instruments. Rick is an accomplished musician, and has taught music in the public school system for many years, as well as directing and playing and singing in many different community choirs and bands. Rick has been a member of the Menno Singers and is currently singing in the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir. Enough said...
So, needless to say, I was impressed with Rick’s ability to hone in on one instrument at a time, and pick each individual instrument out of the entire group of instruments we heard. His comments like “Oh, what a lovely cello solo” really amazed me. I mean, come on, I think it’s all beautiful, but I don’t know if I have the same type of ability to hear something that I love and know why I love it. But, I think Rick taught me something that night and I’m going to test my ability to listen more sharply next time.
As much as I appreciate music, I always feel like a novice around my husband and his family because I think they are so much more fluent than I am in terms of reading and understanding music. The only way I can explain how I feel is to equate it to cooking. I am by no means a trained chef, but I love to cook and I rarely use a recipe. I am sort of like that with music. Okay, I need to give myself a little credit...I do have some training...5 years of voice...and I can sing my heart out! But, music theory is not my strength, which is why I have never chosen to take the route of making music my profession. I just know that I love it, and don’t feel the need to analyze why. I'll just stick with real estate and enjoy the Symphony every chance I get.
But, this is just another example of why the Symphony is AWESOME for everyone because people from all walks of life come together for these events, and they all enjoy what they hear. You don’t have to be trained musician to appreciate the type of beauty that can occur when a group of trained musicians led by a trained conductor can deliver to an audience. But, if you do happen to be trained musician, then you’ll understand even more how awesome our local Symphony really is.
Before your humble music-loving Realtor signs off, I just want to share the Signature Series concert schedule for the rest of the season. All of these concerts are held at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8pm sharp.
UPCOMING SIGNATURE SERIES CONCERT SCHEDULE:
November 5/6, 2010
Schubert, Schumann and Four Horns
December 3/4, 2010
Elgar, Cello Concerto – Tchaikovsky 2
January 28/29, 2011
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concert No. 1
February 25/26, 2011
An Evening of Beethoven & Measha
April 1/2, 2011
Gerstein Plays Rach 2
April 29/30, 2011
The New World
May 27/28, 2011
Holst, the Planets
For more information, visit the KWS online at KWSymphony.ca
Hope to see you out at one of these awesome concerts!