Monday, March 21, 2011

But Can He Dance?

Another music blessing. A friend invited me to join her at a performance of the Boise Philharmonic Symphony. I didn't know if I was music savvy enough to even enjoy it.

A listening feast
pluck, pluck of deep vibrating strings
bowing zest of First violin

Most fun of all:
the conductor

His beat pattern
not a pattern at all
a dance
of wrist turns
Swaying and bowing
from the waist
Reaching his long arm
into the viola section
then swooping left
til he faced the first violins

Bouncing up and down on his toes
with hand drawing
legato waves
in the air

Air poking

A singular black-coat-with-tails
with all musicians
in synchronized response

I was mesmerized

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