The New York Philharmonic offers free tickets to a dress rehearsal for their opening concert. This, of course, means standing in another line. Tickets were handed out at 8 a.m., so I arrived at 7 a.m. with my coffee and little chair. The performance was at 9:30. The sponsors were very generous- they went through the line several times with gifts for us- bottles of water, pens, chocolates, and finally a CD of the Philharmonic.
They play Stravinsky's Rite of Spring- a piece with a lot of dissonance. I had heard of this piece many times, but never heard it performed. In my brain, I can understand it's significance. But that does not make it a piece that I enjoyed.
Leif Andsnes, who is a super pianist, played Beethoven Concerto #3- it was great. They also played a short piece- Kurtag quasi una fantasia- which included harmonicas and drums spread throughout the auditorium.
I took pictures, and when I find them will add them to this post.
I had a lazy day today.