Thursday, September 25, 2008
BSO Opening Night: September 24, 2008
My neighbor Rosemary does a heap of volunteer work for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and that's how I happened to get a free ticket for Opening Night. There was a no-flash-photography sign at the entrance, which I complied with most of the time. As a result, very few photos were sharp enough to keep. For really good photos of Symphony Hall, I suggest you use Google Image Search.
My ticket entitled me to one glass of sparkling wine and all the grub I could get my hands on.
At the far left please notice the swiveling stool on the podium. James Levine can't stand up through performances any more, so he swivels on the stool. Weeee!
This is the view from my seat: ORCH 1 NN. See the seating chart for more info.
Oh yeah, the music:
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin
MUSSORGSKY (orch. RAVEL)
Pictures at an Exhibition
James Levine, conductor
Maija Kovalevska, soprano