Bowl night

July 16, 2008

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Howard got a choice box at the Bowl last night and invited Del, Larry and me to join him. We zipped into valet parking, dropped off the car and walked in, and afterwards walked to get our car and exited quickly. That by itself made the concert a thrill. The LA Phil sounded great. The Hollywood Bowl sounded great, but then we had some of the best seats in the house. We heard a set of Bartok Romanian Dances which I loved but the audience couldn’t keep the applause going for the conductor to get off the stage; the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (3 callbacks for the soloist and conductor); and the Dvorak 7th Symphony — the latter sounding more like Sibelius to me these days. Impression: flashy concerti work well at the Bowl. Big wet pieces like the Dvorak also make for enjoyable Bowl meditations. Sit back, relax, think about stuff, listen to the beautiful sounds, the sky, the smell, your friends, and the helicopters.

There were 7 flyovers by helicopters or small airplanes last night. What’s the deal? I thought that was illegal. But Howard said that he likes to go to the Bowl for that reason. He LIKES the ambient sounds. The sneezes, the flyovers (not so much), and especially the crickets.

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