Or shorts, tennis shoes, sandals, or cowboy boots. That's how the Charlotte Symphony showed up for rehearsal today, creating an amalgam of orange jeans, pink sweaters, turquoise pants, and bright scarves as a colorful background to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Symphony No. 4.
I've lived in Charlotte for over 25 years and for the first time took advantage of attending a rehearsal for the inexpensive price of $14.00. What took me so long?
On top of having a prime seat at a discount price, I also was able to watch the symphony up close and personal. They were experimenting with live video feeds of the performance and from my point of view, it was a great success!
There is nothing like watching a tuba player's cheeks puffing, the deep breaths of a flautist, the cellist's concentration, the percussionist playing the castanets against his knee, the drummer hitting the drums with gusto, or the synchronized ballet of the violinists' pizzicato--to make you appreciate an orchestra. But beyond that, it was wonderful to watch (from the front!) Christopher Warren-Green's face and arms as he danced his mighty conductor's dance.
The soloist was Joshua Roman, featured here, and demonstrating that he is indeed, comfortable playing in jeans:
I hope you don't wait for 25 years to attend a classical music or drama rehearsal near you. I can't wait for the next one.
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