What it’s like to be inside the music

The Orchestra sent us this little note:

A decision has been made after the Orchestra’s first rehearsal yesterday to bring the audience closer onto the stage from the Conductor’s Circle to both offer a more intimate listening experience as well as an intimate performance experience for our musicians.

photo(3)And so there we sat, practically on topphoto(2) of the kettle drums. If we’d known how to read kettle drum music, we could have followed along.

But the best part was being so close to the conductor, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducts as if he’s inside the music.

And the next best part was seeing the little smiles he and Jan Lisiecki, a 19 year-old prodigy, exchanged all during the performance. We were, all of us, inside that music.

[sorry there’s just the hyperlink; apparently this type of video isn’t supported by WordPress, but it’s the very one – Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 – that we heard, and so I didn’t want to choose another one. Listen. It’s so beautiful.]

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