I 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.
Denim and Diamonds with Clint Black2007-11-02
Location: Ridgefield Playhouse
Comments: Annual Playhouse Gala. Clint Black was awesome. Very down to earth. Six guys in the band were also great.
Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra2005-04-16
Location: Ridgefield, CT
Comments: We will all remember Rui Shi's rendition of Rachmaninoff in Ridgefield under the direction of Sidney Rothstein.
The Boys Choir of Harlem2005-04-27
Location: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
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.
Location: Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra
Comments: Not that I was a 5 but the orchestra was
Location: East River, NY
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 Philharmonic2006-10-07
Location: Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA
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.
Comments: Not as far in the past as Mozart et al but a lot of nostalgia.
UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra2007-04-20
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
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 Philharmonic2007-04-19
Location: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NY
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 Pops2007-08-19
Location: Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, Bushkill, PA
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!