The gorgeous ceiling at the Powell Symphony Hall
Last month, Husband and I got to attend a concert in the beautiful Powell Symphony Hall. Since this particular concert had open general seating, we were able to get an amazing spot.
There were four selections on the menu for the evening – Panda Chant II and a premiere work by Meredith Monk. Then there were the more traditional Stravinsky and Bartók pieces.
The first piece by Monk I actually liked. There’s really no way to describe it other than saying that the forty or so singers were onstage with no orchestra accompaniment and they created different sounds with their voices and made it sound like the orchestra by just using different vowel sounds. Kinda weird but sort of neat.
The second piece, the world premiere, was even weirder than the first. It used the orchestra along with a chorus and two principal singers. DEFINITELY not my cup of tea. But at least we sat through it and know now what we don’t like!
The Stravinsky was kind of creepy – it’s the music from the Shining. Not like I’ve seen the movie, but that’s what the conductor told us before he started the first movement.
The Bartók piece was beautiful. Apparently he was able to make it sound like surround sound years before that technology was created. It was really cool to be able to hear in person.
So check off another thing off the list – seeing the SLSO in person!