Yesterday was a great day as well. A dear couple from the church invited me to the rehearsal of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which holds court in a nearby town during the month of August. So I went to the glorious farmers market in that town, stuffed my goodies in my cooler, and headed off for the rehearsal. I love symphonic music and miss regular doses of it (my former partner who recently died was a professional musician, so we attended many symphony and chamber music performances in our time together). They began with their contemporary piece – Phoenix by contemporary composer Bright Sheng (who was there to oversee their rehearsal!). Like many classical music lovers, I find some 20th century compositions to be way too atonal for my tastes, but I think I could like this piece. The story behind its composition was fascinating. They stopped often while rehearsing to master the technicalities of certain sections, so I was not able to track how it all fit together. There were many church members in attendance at this rehearsal, but none liked that particular composition.
The highlight of the rehearsal was the Rachmaninoff concerto featuring Andre Watts. I had never seen him in person, and he was amazing. He rarely looked at the piano – he was looking at the orchestra the whole time, and the music that came out of that piano seemed like an extension of his essence. Hard to explain -- you had to be there. Playing Rachmaninoff seemingly effortlessly is genius at work. At any rate, it was such an incredible treat!
This is my next-to-last Sunday before I begin preaching again. I am going to worship by being in nature on this beautiful day. I’ll weigh in on ‘why I don’t go to church’ on many of my Sundays off in another post.