2 weeks ago, on a Saturday night in February, Dr Desert Flower and I left a delicious crawfish boil at our friends' home in Gilbert to attend the Phoenix Symphony. Michael Christie was conducting Prokofiev's Symphony No 1, op25, and then another John Adams work (ugh! why is Christie obsessed with that guy!) Shaker Loops, followed by Peter and the Wolf (Peter i volk) op 67. with an "Oscar award winning film" by Susie Templeton. Well....
The Symphony No 1 was played superbly. It was engaging, dynamic, gripping. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Then, the dreadful Shaker Loops was trudged through. I found myself counting the pop-down sprinkler heads in the ceiling again, looking around the concert hall, impatiently enduring the quasi-minimalist work whilest looking forward to intermission and the pre-paid drinks I had awaiting us at the western entrance bar. Some cognac made me forget all about John Adams, ahhh.
After intermission, the playful Peter and the Wolf began. with a large screen over the stage showing the stop-motion animated short film. It was enjoyable - Christie kept up with the film nicely, and the animation was "cute", but as I look at my $62 ticket stub, I think "I paid $62 to hear Symphony No.1, be annoyed again by Adams cacophony, and then see a 30 minute film?" ...for that same price, I could have seen 5 movies at a theater, or paid my Netflix bill for 6 months. Oh well. It was interesting, but did not provide Dr Desert Flower or myself with $124 worth of symphonic joy. From the looks of the Facebook pictures of the crawfish boil after we left, I think we would have had alot more fun peeling shell fish and eating pinky-sized morsels of cajun seasoned food.
1 year ago