Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Proms

I did not want to write about the four Proms concerts we attended.

I am still reluctant to write about music. Andrew is too busy, trying to catch up at work this week, to write about our Proms concerts. That is why I asked Andrew’s father to write about the Proms concerts we attended.

Those concerts were important to me. For the first time in my life I heard a great performance, and I heard it at the Proms.

I now know what a great performance is. Until I attended the Leipzig concert, I was not sure what a great performance was, and I was not sure I would ever hear one, and I was not sure I would recognize a great performance if I DID hear one. Now I know the answers to all those questions.

A great performance is a wonderful thing to witness and experience. It was thrilling. It gave me chills. I was elated for two full days after the performance.

What ended my elation? Hearing James Levine conduct Brahms two nights later. That brought me down to earth.


  1. Bonjour, Joshua!!! It's been ages, so it seems, since we last spoke.

    I'm glad London was to die for and that you got your money's worth.

    Your anecdotes make me want to get on the next plane to London and paint the town red, as Andrew and you probably did.

    Talk to you later... *Chanteuse*

  2. Hey, Chanteuse!

    Good to hear from you! I trust all is well with you.

    We did have a good time. It was too bad that Covent Garden's season had not opened yet, because I wanted to see the interior of The Royal Opera House for the first time. I guess that will have to wait until the next trip.

    Everything in London cost an arm and a leg. I am not sure that we got our money's worth, but Queen Elizabeth certainly did! She cleared $425 from us, all told, and probably was sorry to see us leave!

    We are looking forward to your "La Boheme" report from LOC. Don't forget about that!

    Talk to you soon.