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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ravinia week 01 (July 2 - 8)

This week’s CSO programs

Friday
James Conlon, Conductor
Pinchas Zukerman, Violin
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor

Saturday
James Conlon, Conductor
Beaux Arts Trio
Christine Brewer, Soprano
Bo Skovhus, Baritone
Beethoven: Concerto in C Major For Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 56 ("Triple Concerto")Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony, Op.18 (with supertitles)

Sunday
James Conlon, Conductor
Jonathan Biss, Piano
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major, K. 456
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466


Monday
off

Tuesday
off

Wednesday
off

Thursday
11-1:30 CSO rehearsal

Friday
2:30-5 CSO rehearsal
8 CSO concert

Saturday
off

Sunday
off

After my somewhat boastful post a few days ago about how hard we work during the summer season at Ravinia I am almost ashamed to admit having two of the first three concerts off. In my defense, I only requested the concert of Saturday, July 7 off since one of the rehearsals was stuck most inconveniently on July 3, while I was still away. The concert of Sunday, July 8 only uses two basses, so I had nothing to do with that.

I think I only get three concerts off this summer, so it galls me to squander two of them so early on. Time off is much sweeter late in a season, be it the fleeting 6 weeks of Ravinia or the 40-week ‘long march’ downtown. Years ago I came up with a rather crude analogy relating to strategizing time off I really cannot commit to print here. Suffice it to say it appeals to the prurient interest and has something to do with delaying one’s concerts off as long as possible, but once they are imminent, enjoying them thoroughly.

1 comment:

Matt Heller said...

I think we get the gist. Glad to see you're enjoying your time off, and still posting quite a bit!