It was date night and I had to come up with something special to placate the better half. Lucky for me, an e-mail hadpopped into my inbox earlier in the week with the perfect date idea: Catching the Oregon Symphony’s performance of “The New World Symphony.” With Musical Director Carlos Kalmar at the helm, I knew we would be in good hands as we slipped into our seats.
Big sounds quickly filled the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as we were treated to a phenomenal auditory experience for the next hour and a half. About 20 minutes in, I had my first awe-inspiring moment, which came in the form of a question: Why has it taken me so long to attend a performance of classical music? It was amazing. Angie and I were treated to a firsthand look at the expert as Carlos Kalmar cued a section to play and sound burst forth as the music shifted around the orchestra. The guest of honor, German cellist Alban Gerhardt, offered a stunning performance of the monumental creation by Prokofiev. Needless to say, this was an experience I’m ready to relive in the near future.
When you’re ready to have your own classical music epiphany, the Oregon Symphony and I will be there with you. For a full lineup of performances, visit the Oregon Symphony’s website, www.orsymphony.org.