A couple of weeks ago my friend, Rachael, invited me to go to the opening night of the Houston Symphony’s 2011/12 season. More specifically it was Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (aka: Ode to Joy), which I had never seen in live performance!! This was also a chance to check off another venue from my “Places to See Concerts in Houston” list (having already gone to the Wortham, Alley Theater, Verizon Theater, and Fitzgeralds). This year I’m hoping to make it to the ballet to knock another one off… any takers?
Here is the full symphony if you are interested in listening/watching. Conductor Leonard Bernstein leads the Vienna Philharmonic with soloists Gwyneth Jones, Shirley Verrett, Placido Domingo, and Martti Talvela. (This is actually the third of three clips but it’s the finale… watch all of them if you have the time though!)
Rachel and I after the show!
And, because I still listen to this song about once a week, a different arrangement of the above music… and in my opinion, a much more technically demanding version to boot. I mean, did Beethoven ever write a rap? Check and mate.
Sheryl Lee Ralph! Lauryn Hill! Sign language! Jaw tension! Gospel music! And that’s just in the first ten seconds alone!!!
Artist: Frank Wildhorn/ Album: The Civil War