November 20, 2012 2 Comments
On paper, Friday night’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert seemed straightforward enough: a program filled with loads of well-known hum-along tunes, a beloved old-school conductor (Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos) on the podium, and a popular soloist (Lynn Harrell) joining in on the fun. In the concert hall, everything was generally as one would expect: the music sounded beautiful and all the musicians involved could rightly take credit. The audience gave a de rigueur standing ovation at the end and everyone, including me, walked away with a smile.
Pretty much writes itself, right? Except that just below the surface was all the stuff really worth mentioning. Nothing Earth-shattering, mind you. Just a moment here, an observational tidbit there, and a very telling post-concert comment from Mr. Harrell that helped make the concert more interesting to me than a just a collection of well-played chestnuts.