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June 11, 2004

Soothing the Savage Beasts

I'm no critic when it comes to classical music; I just don't have any education in that area. But my ear isn't dead, I can tell what sounds good, and I'm here to tell you, the American String Project sounds pretty damn good. Last night I heard a little Schubert, which took me right back to the streets of Vienna. There was also some brooding and intense Shostakovich, which made me wonder what, exactly, makes music sound so Soviet. The odd droning of the cellos? The minor tones? Anyway, for about two hours, I didn't think about the state of the nation.

In the latest Harry Potter movie, Professor Lupin tells Harry to eat chocolate when confronted with the evil dementors. They're everywhere these days and if I responded with chocolate to every one, well, let's just say I'm already way over-carbed. Music seems to serve the same purpose. And tonight and Sunday, there's Mozart on the program. I'm not sure I could sit through the Shostakovich again, but I am thinking of going back for the Mozart. There were still a ton of tickets available at the hall.

Posted by pam at June 11, 2004 08:34 AM | TrackBack
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