Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Music does heal much. Tonight's concert was wonderful. Particularly the personalities of the pianists. Jeffrey Kahane is a festival favorite and I am sure that is because his bouyant personality absolutely jumps off the stage. He's a small man who at times is more comedian than musician, really is both. He was one of the pianists in the Mozart concerto and also the conductor of the Haydn symphony. In the last movement of the symphony the music comes to a sudden stop, pauses, then resumes. In this pause, Kahane moved his baton and there was the loud sound of several pages turning all at once. Very well orchestrated and it got a good laugh. Not something you can translate to a CD, either.

The Mozart symphony members are wearing white on top, black below. It looks very good. When the stage crew moved the three pianos into position (places were marked with tape), they wore white gloves. How nice that looked.

The hall was sold out and everyone was clearly expecting something good, and got it. So there were standing ovations, lots of applause, a good time for everyone. I bought a Mozart tote bag, wanted the T-shirt...

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