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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hollywood Bowl: Tchaikovsky Makes a Blast

Mr. Rogue and I had plans to go to the Hollywood bowl tonight for our last ticket of the season. I was really looking forward to a night out with my man but he ended up having to work. He did offer to go, but he said he would only be going for me and that he wouldn’t have any fun because he would just be thinking about work. I appreciated him for giving me the choice and being honest but if I can’t go with a happy husband I may as well just take my girlfriends. Since it was so super last minute it was a little difficult finding people who didn’t have plans. In the end Mrs. Dancer her little sister, Ms. Tiny and I all went.

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It wasn’t very well planned out at all, as to be expected with such hastily thrown together plans. Mrs. Dancer and I ended up driving together and just stopping at Whole foods on the way to grab some food. Ms. Tiny was taking a teaching class and ended up trying to meet us there. However traffic got in the way, some confusion with parking happened and we ended up getting there at different times. Mrs. Dancer and I arrived with plenty of time to sit down and enjoy our food. We actually ended up getting there a little early. To not feel rushed at all was nice. Ms. Tiny however ended up stopping and getting her own food which put her arriving only 10 minutes before the concert started. She ended up quietly munching away during the first half of the show.

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Regardless we were just all happy that we were all there in time for the concert. Tchaikovsky was playing tonight and I knew about the fireworks at the end but not all the extras they pulled out on this show. It started with the LA Phil harmonic playing a few pieces from the Nutcracker. A pair of ballet dancers accompanied the beautiful music which was a real treat and then during the Waltz of the Snowflakes a whole children choir glided onto stage and lent their beautiful voices to blend with the dancing and the music. Seriously moments like this, where so much beauty surrounds you, makes me so incredibly happy.

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THE CHILDRENS CHOIR, THE BALLET COUPLE AND THE CONDUCTOR TAKE A BOW

At intermission we got out our dessert. We had gotten some cupcakes and some chocolate but I chose to eat the cantaloupe I had brought. I was so proud of myself for making the decision to skip the super sweets and eat healthy.

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The second half of the concert was spent in two parts. The first part was centered on a few pieces of music written for the epic ballet Swan Lake. The dancers were particularly fluid and beautiful in this dance. I love the motion and movement of a ballerinas arm. Hers seemed almost unbelievably fluid. After Swan Lake the orchestra jumped into the grand finale the 1812 Overture. I don’t know if I have ever seen a firework display so in time with the music. The orchestra was furious with their playing, I am sure to keep up with the fast pace of the music and to try and be heard over the boom of the fireworks. And then our last surprise entered, lining up on the wall jutting out from the stage the entire USC Trojans marching band came out and joined their instruments to the orchestra. The music and fireworks together was DEFENING and so incredibly awesome, you could feel the tension all around. THIS is how this music should be heard, live and screaming with booming light and adrenaline pumping through your veins. The passion and power was truly magnificent.

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THE USC TROJAN MARCHING BAND ADDS THEIR FLAIR

Too say we had a great time would be an understatement. It was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.

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MRS. DANCER, MS. TINY AND I WERE ALL SMILES AND ACCIDENTALLY COLOR COORDINATED

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

Great that your friends filled in for the last minute. This one was show not to be missed, those Fireworks looked awesome It reminded me of when we went to see The Nutcracker with Grandma you and me. :) Happy Memories.

Jennifer Arens said...

I wonder if babies in California are born holding an avocado? ;) Classical music/concerts in general make me so emotional in a good way! Looks like a great time gals! BTW the sisters look nothing alike and I bet they both have heard that :)

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