The symphony

Today was my last Seattle Symphony concert of the season. If you have followed my few posts in the past about going to the symphony you will see that I have been quite conflicted about it. There are some days that at the end of the concert I’m much happier, elated by the music. At the same time, there are some days that I leave feeling like I was just not mentally able to connect to the music, as my brain was either too tired, or still thinking of work things.

Today was one of the latter cases. As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m working in a quite complicated project that has been taking a lot of my mental abilities. It saddens me that it can ruin the experience of such a good concert: a set of pieces by French composers conducted by Gerard Schwarz, in his last season as the conductor for the Seattle Symphony (although he will be conducting the symphony in the future, and a lot during the next season, officially his contract is over at the end of this season).

The concert started with Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune from Claude Debussy. Very nice and poetic piece. Then came Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, with Simon Trpčeski playing the piano. Brilliant pianist! Made this very complex piece seem so easy! It was the public’s favorite piece by far.

The second half of the concert started with Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel, my favorite piece of the evening. It was also mostly due to it being the piece I was able to focus the most on the music and think less about work. The concert ended with Ernest Chausson’s Symphony in B-flat major, Op. 20. A very slow symphony by a less known composer, which I enjoyed as being the only piece I don’t think I have heard before.

I think the most significant think about the concert is that I decided that I was not going to renew my season tickets next year, and focus on trying new things with Amy. Possibly going to the opera more, a ballet, and some plays. Then, after I’ve tried it all, then I can make a decision of whether really my time at the symphony is what I really like. Goodbye AA-8. It was a great central seat!

The only other interesting thing to talk about today is that it took me almost 2 hours to get back home, because the symphony was out at the same time as the Sounders game, and the game was “upstream” in the bus line from me, which meant that I had to wait for 3 buses until I was able to get into the bus. Yes, you might be thinking that I’m Brazilian, so I should have just clung to the outside of the bus, or ridden on top of it, like my fellow countrymen, but I guess I decided just to wait.

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