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Sunday
Jan172010

Diversions

Hi Sarah,  … not a review but almost...
 
Marjorie (my former student) and I were at Koerner Hall last night for Quartetto Gelato, a versatile four piece instrumental ensemble, that includes a rare accordion player lifted right from one of Breughel’s pastoral country scenes. They shared the program with Ethel, a New York based string quartet: an evening of all-sorts. Ethel’s instruments are electronically wired and and styles were as varied as the performer's outfits: wild patent leather shoes in red and white (almost like the old saddle shoes) for the clarinettist, short, gossamer cocktail dress for QG's perky cellist who wore matching black pumps. Ethel's cellist wore high-heeled red plastic pumps and red tights with straight blonde hair that came down to her waist. Such fun.
 
At one point the clarinettist (whose bulgy biceps I had been studying) did some running leaps over the head of fellow violinist, singer and stand-up comedian, Peter De Sotto, followed by other gymnastic feats in rapid succession such as the inch worm and Cossack dancing with a Hungarian Czardas thumping in the background. The audience hooted and roared and clapped in time to the beat. Not your typical performance for Koerner. 
 
Remember where we sat for the Tallis Scholars, and how we watched the older couple climb precariously over their seats by the railing to get out at intermission (it's Loge 15 by the way ... never get tickets for that area)? Yep, those were ours: great view but numb bum. I'll complain to management about compensation and patrons needing some kind of warning about purchasing tickets for seats 1 to 10 in Loge 15, space will be compromised, etc. And we paid the highest price!
 
It's so depressing out there today. All the hoopla of last night's concert already seems a vague rumble. If only the sun were shining. It was such a happy event and yet I couldn't help myself from seeing sadness even there: the tall American blonde who played violin for Ethel had my attention, not because her wonderful lion's mane flew about so wildly with her swaying and playing, but because she seemed so detached from the rest of the group, sad with a kind of puffy, derelict face. We never know under all that glamour and glitz. Am not sure what the reviews will say this morning (haven't read them yet) about Peter De Sotto, the leader and most versatile of the group, who was downright ugly but ever so charming ... charismatic and sexy with his streaked, spiky hair (so many people, especially males, wanted to touch him later on in the lobby). I must admit, I too dared place my hand on the shoulder of his shiny tux while commenting on the possible influence of Darius Milhaud in their breathtaking piece, Requiem. All I can say is that from the side where we were sitting he looked like a shark in search of food whenever he opened his mouth to sing.
 
A collection was held for the Haiti earthquake victims as we exited the hall. Earlier in the evening, I had been clapping and stomping my feet to the sounds of moto perpetuo accordion and the frenzied scratching of violins.
 
Thought you could stand a diversion!
 
Ok talk to you later, 
 
Adria

 

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