To which concert should I go?

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To which concert should I go?

Post by J Nguyen » Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:15 pm

On November 18, I'm turning seventeen. I just only got into classical music a few months ago and I haven't been to a concert yet. I asked my parents to let me go to a concert as a birthday present and they agreed to let me go! Obviously, I'm quite excited, but I don't really know which concert I want to attend, the Pacific Symphony's or the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Pacific Symphony is playing Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, an orchestrated rendition of Danielpour's Child Reliquary(which was written in memory of the conductor's dead son), and the Eroica while the Los Angeles Philharmonic is playing Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte, Saint-Saen's Piano Concerto No.2, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scherazade. I'm completely dumbfounded as to which concert I should attend because I'm sure I'll enjoy the both of them. I love the Eroica, but I love Ravel's Pavane and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scherazade as well. Maybe I'll go to the Pacific's Symphony concert because it seems like it'll be a more heartfelt performance because the piece was written in memory of the conductor's son who died in 1999 and the fact that one of the violinist's played for the conductor's son. So, I really don't know which concert to attend, but I'm really leaning towards the Pacific Symphony's concert. Any response would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by Sergeant Rock » Sun Nov 12, 2006 3:29 pm

Frübeck de Burgos conducting, André Watts soloist...and the LA Phil. I'd say it was a no-brainer.

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Post by J Nguyen » Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:15 pm

Well, normally it would be, but this is a bit of a special case. Normally, I'd choose without hesitation to attend the LA Philharmonic's program, but There's a lot of sentimental value and significance in the Pacific Symphony's program though so that's why I'm so so conflicted. There's an article about the Pacific Symphony's program in the Orange County Register that is partially persuading me to go to the Pacific Symphony.

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/en ... 351047.php

Takes for your reply, Sarge. I'm taking it into consideration, but I'm still somewhat conflicted on my choice.

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Post by Sergeant Rock » Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:28 pm

J Nguyen wrote: Takes for your reply, Sarge. I'm taking it into consideration, but I'm still somewhat conflicted on my choice.
Yeah, I understand. And Jamie Laredo is worth seeing too. Too bad you can't get your folks to spring for both concerts :D

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Post by J Nguyen » Sun Nov 12, 2006 4:36 pm

I want to go to both of them, but it's in my best interest to not do both of them. I don't think I have the time to spare for two concerts considering I still have to do college apps and essays not to mention that's it's not exactly cheap going to a concert. I just want to make this time one to remember since it's my first concert and I'm going on my birthday.

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Post by Sergeant Rock » Sun Nov 12, 2006 5:22 pm

J Nguyen wrote:I want to go to both of them, but it's in my best interest to not do both of them. I don't think I have the time to spare for two concerts considering I still have to do college apps and essays not to mention that's it's not exactly cheap going to a concert. I just want to make this time one to remember since it's my first concert and I'm going on my birthday.
Well, whichever concert you decide on, please give us your impressions of the event. I hope it turns out to be as memorable as my first classical concert.

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Post by Ralph » Sun Nov 12, 2006 6:09 pm

It's less important which one you attend than it is that at 17 you're developing a passion for wonderful music. My seventeen-year-old is doing college applications too and time considerations aside, it's a stressful time. Enjoy whichever one you attend secure in the knowledge there will be a lifetime of music ahead.

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Post by ch1525 » Sun Nov 12, 2006 10:18 pm

I tend to enjoy concerts more when there is some sentimental or other distinguishing characteristic of note.

Recently, the former Music Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic's wife passed away and the orchestra dedicated the Largo of the 9th Symphony by Dvorak to her. It was quite touching.

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Post by J Nguyen » Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:28 am

I ended up choosing the Pacific Symphony's event as my first concert. Just that fact that it's the premiere of an orchestrated version of a piece written in memory of the conductor's dead son screams to something inside me that this is going to be special. I'm sad about missing the other event since I love all of those pieces, but I felt that I made the right choice. Hopefully, I won't regret it. Besides, there's no turning back now because the Scherazade concert is sold out so the Eroica concert is the only option. Luckily, I picked the Eroica event anyhow so there's no harm done.

I'll see if I can provide a satisfactory report. However, I'm still fairly new to classical music so it'll probably be a very amateurish review with a large number of layman terms. It'll probably be skewed as well since this is my first concert experience so I have nothing else to which to compare it. Taking everything into account, I'll do my best to give my impressions.

Just one question though: I know that I can post my impressions in the Concert Review section, but can I post them here as well?

Well, I thank everyone who helped me decide on which concert to attend.

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Post by jbuck919 » Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:58 am

Ironically I was just 16 when I attended my first live concert (aside from the annual Messiah at West Point). It was also my first solo drive, and my mother was a nightmare of distress even though I was only driving from Cornwall to Newburgh, New York, a distance of six miles. This was also in Orange County (New York), though I imagine you are referring to Orange County, California. So I can offer you no advice. My program featured the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at Mt. St. Mary's College. Do not laugh; I am no imagining in retrospect that they were excellent. For one thing, they relied heavily on musicians from the West Point Band (not including my father), even though there was a serious union consideration at that time. For another, they were directed by Claude Monteux, son of Pierre and one the the greatest flutists of his time. America is lousy with talent.

BTW the program featured the Symhphonie Fantastique (I cannot remember the rest of the program). So enjoy whatever you do, but be happy you have a choice.

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Post by paulb » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:40 am

Oh brother. They stuck a Beethoven with Ravel.
When will they learn.
However I will say Beethoven's 3rd syms is one of his best, and i actually like it, along with his 4th. I like these 2 Beethoven syms.
So thats the better show. Don't miss it.
Let us know how it turned out.
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Post by Ralph » Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:01 pm

J Nguyen wrote:I ended up choosing the Pacific Symphony's event as my first concert. Just that fact that it's the premiere of an orchestrated version of a piece written in memory of the conductor's dead son screams to something inside me that this is going to be special. I'm sad about missing the other event since I love all of those pieces, but I felt that I made the right choice. Hopefully, I won't regret it. Besides, there's no turning back now because the Scherazade concert is sold out so the Eroica concert is the only option. Luckily, I picked the Eroica event anyhow so there's no harm done.

I'll see if I can provide a satisfactory report. However, I'm still fairly new to classical music so it'll probably be a very amateurish review with a large number of layman terms. It'll probably be skewed as well since this is my first concert experience so I have nothing else to which to compare it. Taking everything into account, I'll do my best to give my impressions.

Just one question though: I know that I can post my impressions in the Concert Review section, but can I post them here as well?

Well, I thank everyone who helped me decide on which concert to attend.
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Why not? This board gets much more attention than the one devoted to concert reviews.
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Post by Lance » Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:22 pm

Ralph wrote:
J Nguyen wrote:I ended up choosing the Pacific Symphony's event as my first concert. Just that fact that it's the premiere of an orchestrated version of a piece written in memory of the conductor's dead son screams to something inside me that this is going to be special. I'm sad about missing the other event since I love all of those pieces, but I felt that I made the right choice. Hopefully, I won't regret it. Besides, there's no turning back now because the Scherazade concert is sold out so the Eroica concert is the only option. Luckily, I picked the Eroica event anyhow so there's no harm done.

I'll see if I can provide a satisfactory report. However, I'm still fairly new to classical music so it'll probably be a very amateurish review with a large number of layman terms. It'll probably be skewed as well since this is my first concert experience so I have nothing else to which to compare it. Taking everything into account, I'll do my best to give my impressions.

Just one question though: I know that I can post my impressions in the Concert Review section, but can I post them here as well?

Well, I thank everyone who helped me decide on which concert to attend.
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Why not? This board gets much more attention than the one devoted to concert reviews.
Well, we get a decent number of "hits" on the concert review board, though it's never enough by my way of thinking. But, no question, the main board seems to get all the attention. People sometimes forget about the other one, too. So post away J Nguyen ... wherever it is, we'll be anxious to read it.
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Post by anasazi » Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:48 am

I didn't feel I could offer objective advice as I love the Mother Goose Suite so much. Either the original piano duet version, or the masterfully orchestrated version for small orchestra. It's as fine as anything Ravel ever wrote in my humble opinion.

I hope you enjoy your concert.
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