CelloI really enjoy concerts — especially by symphony orchestras. I made some notes about some concerts over the years and eventually put the information in a database. I had thought I would keep it up to date but it ended up taking too much time. The web does a better job than I could at reviewing concerts and the social networks take care of sharing the information. I wish I could remember all of the great concerts from my very first which I believe was by the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1970’s. There are some concerts here that are not by symphonies, and there are others that do not appear here.


Concert List:

Denim and Diamonds with Clint Black

Location: Ridgefield Playhouse
Genre: Country
Rating: 5
Comments: Annual Playhouse Gala. Clint Black was awesome. Very down to earth. Six guys in the band were also great.

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

Location: Ridgefield, CT
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: We will all remember Rui Shi's rendition of Rachmaninoff in Ridgefield under the direction of Sidney Rothstein.

The Boys Choir of Harlem

Location: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Genre: Variety
Rating: 4
Comments: The performance was great but the best part is that the students almost all graduate from high school and go on to college. It was easy to tell that the standing ovation came from the heart.

Conducting Beethoven

Location: Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: Not that I was a 5 but the orchestra was

Barge Music

Location: East River, NY
Genre: Classical
Rating: 4
Comments: The unsung hero of the evening was Olga Bloom -- a very unpretentious 87 year-old former symphony violinist who greeted us as we boarded the barge and offered a glass of wine

New York Philharmonic

Location: Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: The strength of every section of the orchestra was overwhelming and the great acoustic characteristics in the Zoellner Center just amplified them to perfection.

Mama Mia

Location: Broadway
Genre: Pop
Rating: 5
Comments: Not as far in the past as Mozart et al but a lot of nostalgia.

UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

Location: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: He is less than half the age of Lorin Maazel but has the same potential. He conducted with a bow in hand and also performed the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4. He then conducted the Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2 and the great Sinfonia concertante -- all without a score.

New York Philharmonic

Location: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NY
Genre: Classical
Rating: 5
Comments: I now know why reviewers have described her as "not a talent, but a full-fledged phenomenal violinist".

Broadway and the Theatre with the Boston Pops

Location: Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, Bushkill, PA
Genre: Broadway
Rating: 3
Comments: Hollywood and Broadway are not my favorite composers nor was this the kind of music I like. Nevertheless, the performers and conductor were outstanding as usual and the standing ovations brought two encores and a wrap-up with Stars and Stripes Forever. Hard to top that!