Firstly I had a fantastic time with the Houston Symphony and Chorus under the fearless leadership of Eric Halen who, aside from flawlessly bringing life to the violin solos in the Symphony of the Goddesses, also told me that way back in his family it's likely that he's related to Eddie and Alex Van Halen...
Also, I had some great conversations with principal bassoonist, Eric Arbiter about LofZ and his passion for Irish literature. He made me feel instantly at home talking about two of my favorite subjects. It turns out he's a bit of a Joycean scholar who has gone to Dublin to take part in the Blooms Day festivities.
Orchestras tend to be a treasure chest of such gems.
Incidentally: I LOVE the fact that Leopold Bloom of Joyce's Ulysses, one of the most famous characters in modern literature, is both Irish and Jewish - a fabulous combination close to my heart.
By night Eric is actually a bassoon-playing Link-tastic superhero as illustrated by his Zelda fanboy son, Daniel Arbiter. Fighting crime, one ostinato at a time:
Houston was utterly fantastic and we got to meet some very special fans after the show:
|With Conductor-in-training Matthew Herrera|
|With Ron Mobido and friend in Austin. Delighted to see the again in Houston|
|Jeron and I with Ann and Amy Ho. Keep playing piano Amy!|
|With Meshell and Kasey Moore|
|Two members of the amazing team that raises money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through hosting gaming marathons|