Yesterday, I looked at the ocean. And didn’t get up until 1:30 in the afternoon. And didn’t even put clothes on until 6. And then I watched a lot of TV, looked at the ocean some more, wasted time on the Internet… It was magnificent. And the best part is that I get to do that again today. And tomorrow. And probably the next day, too. Because spring break is one of the few gifts we college students get from a cruel, cold, chaotic universe, and I am taking complete advantage of it. What does this have to do with the Concert Hall, you ask? Well. Not all that much. But technically I’m on break, right? So do I really even have to talk about the Concert Hall?
The answer is yes. Of course I do. Because that’s my job, and in the adult world, work still has to get done even during spring break. But I am writing and working at a much more relaxed pace, and much earlier in the day, than I usually do. And besides, I like writing. So I’m not complaining. But the beach certainly is nice. I had to drive on a lot of interstates to get here, and I really hate interstates, but it was worth it. My good friend and coworker Rachel and I have the whole place to ourselves, and I went outside yesterday and the day before with only a tee shirt on. Isn’t that insane? It sure is. Totally insane.
And do you know what else is insane? How awesome the CMS concert will be on Monday night. (Was that segue good? I really try for you guys. I know I’m not the best, but please believe that I really do try.) The program is called Russian Twilight and, as that suggests, features music by Romantic Russian composers Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Arensky, and Taneyev. I know at least two of those names. You can guess if you’d like. If you have even a rudimentary knowledge of the Romantic period, then you’re aware that it’s characterized by crazy passion and emotion, so it’s safe to assume it will be a really exciting show. Performers include CMS Co-Artistic Directors and friends of the Concert Hall Wu Han and David Finckel on piano and cello respectively, and the Escher String Quartet; doors open, as always, at 7 p.m. for a pre-concert chat at 7:15, and the concert begins at 8 on the nose. I’ll be around somewhere, because an awesome concert seems like a good way to kick off our first week after break, so I hope you’ll be around as well.
ALSO, Monday night is very important because we will be announcing our CMS concerts for next season. I already know what that lineup holds, of course, because of my privileged position within the Concert Hall’s management structure. No big deal. But if you’re as excited for next season as I am, then you have double motivation to be around on the 17th. Because it’s going to knock your socks off. And that’s all I’ll say for now. In other news, my “O” key is still sticking, and I guess that’s just a reality I’ll have to live with for the foreseeable future. I must bid you goodbye so I can get back to being lazy now. TTFN!