Carnegie, The Met, and Broadway (Oh My)
Although this semester has proven to be even busier than last, I’ve still found time to go to different performances in the city. At the beginning of this semester, Carnegie Hall hosted the entire Bruckner symphony cycle, and even though I wasn’t able to attend every night, what I got to see was incredible. The Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, played with so much energy and really brought Bruckner’s symphonies to life.
A few weeks ago, I was offered tickets to see the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Dvorak’s Rusalka...twenty minutes before it was supposed to start. (Hooray for last-minute opportunities!) It was the first Met performance I’ve gotten to see all year, and it was absolutely stunning. Without giving away too much, it’s basically a dark version of The Little Mermaid, and the sets, the orchestra, and, of course, the singers all flawlessly brought the story to life.
Most recently, I got to see Miss Saigon on Broadway. One of my friends was playing in the pit orchestra, too, and hearing her solos every once in a while made me so proud. The actors were spectacular, of course, and I couldn’t help but marvel at the execution of the musical numbers and the grandeur of the sets. (At one point, there was even a helicopter that actually “flew” offstage.) The first time I saw the show, I was a freshman in high school, so seeing it again brought back so many memories. The soundtrack has been stuck in my head for the past week--it’s a nice problem to have.
Seeing professionals excelling at what they love makes me enjoy being in the audience, and it leaves me with inspiration that I carry even after the performance is over. There are only a few weeks left in the semester, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to attend a few more performances before the year ends!