Sitting inside Walt Disney Concert Hall last Saturday and watching the LA Philharmonic brought back so many wonderful memories. The beautiful music that surrounded me that night brought me to an extremely happy and relaxed state of mind, which is hard to come by living in the fast and furious life of Los Angeles. It reminded me of the nearly 20 years I played classical music and all of those great moments I had on stage. I was up there as a youngster in the Vermont Youth Orchestra playing Beethoven’s 5th symphony, and although we did not sound as good as they did this past Saturday evening, it was truly amazing to reminisce and to soak it in. This night reminded me of why I love music so much, and how important music is in my life.
The venue is absolutely breathtaking and is set up in a really unique fashion. The stage is almost strategically set up in the center of the hall with seating on all 360 degrees around it including some birds eye view seating above. At first, I was skeptical of not being dead center on the ground level, but then I was happy to be seated slightly above ground so when different sections of the orchestra were playing, my eyes would scan over and watch that section. It was a really cool experience to be able to pinpoint and to see all of the different sections in the orchestra separately, and then to also see them play harmoniously together.
The orchestra was very sharp, very powerful, very delicate, and very impressive. I loved re-living the iconic Beethoven’s 5th symphony and I was very pleased and honored to be able to witness Shostakovich’s 5th symphony. It was a very strong combination.
We had a truly beautiful night of music at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and we want to send a big thank you to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for having us out for the evening. We really hope to be able to come next year and continue to work together!