This year I was asked by Drew McManus (whose blog, Adaptistration is widely read) to contribute to a website and initiative called “Take a Friend to the Orchestra.” Various writers, bloggers, and critics have contributed to it over the years. My post has just appeared.
Composer, professor, Chair of the UCLA Department of Music, music publisher, and blogger Roger Bourland is a polymathic kind of guy. It’s tough to describe Roger’s contribution but suffice to say, it is undoubtedly a representative example of engaging creativity. If you’re like me, you’ll love it and wonder if the technology exists to crawl around Roger’s mind for an hour just to have a glimpse of what it’s like to experience a live concert event with friends real or imagined… [Drew McManus]
Between Charlie and Hector
By: Roger Bourland
I had looked forward to this evening for a long time. Rufus Wainwright was going to join me for dinner and an LA Philharmonic new music concert. On the bill was John Adams “Short Ride in a Fast Train,” Igor Stravinsky’s “Requiem Canticles,” and Lou Harrison’s “Symphony on G.” I had never met Rufus, but he agreed to join me on a free night. He was to arrive by train, so I made reservations at Traxx at Union Station for 6 pm.
I sat for a while, alone, nursing my Hendricks Gibson, when a text arrived on my Palm Pre: “Sorry, I missed the train, no more 2nite, maybe brunch tomorrow?” I was, in a sense, relieved, but disappointed. I wasn’t sure Rufus would really enjoy this concert, as he is more of an opera fan: orchestra, not so much.
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