November 18, 2011 4 Comments
As previously mentioned, I made a “game day decision” last Saturday night to see Bernard Haitink conduct the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. Note that I listed Mr. Haitink’s name first, then the orchestra, then the hall: chalk up the opportunity to see the legendary Dutch conductor in person for the first time as being the primary draw for me. He could have been conducting John Cage’s 4’33″ and I probably still would have paid money for it; lucky for me, the not-quite-warhorse “Pastoral” Symphony of Beethoven was on the bill, paired with Strauss’s Don Quixote. Overall, it may not have been the most exciting or groundbreaking concert, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.