Sunday, October 9, 2022

a little concert

I wandered over to the grass amphitheatre behind the Mountain View CPA late yesterday afternoon for an outdoor concert by the Peninsula Symphony brass and percussion sections. It had been a long time since I'd heard live any brass music, what with pandemic and all, and this seemed like a safe occasion to get some, though few of the audience wore masks or observed social distancing.

There were about 20 musicians in all. Most of the pieces were arrangements. Selections included the opening fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra, all right! Also an extremely abbreviated Ride of the Valkyries, the Polovtsian Dances, Nimrod (yes, at a brass concert), and some tunes from Porgy and Bess (first, a trumpet played "Summertime"; then a trombone did; then they all did). 9 items, 75 minutes including an intermission.

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