THE LEANING BASSOON OF PITTSBURGH
(All of the photography in this entry is by brilliant photographic artist, Derek Brad; You can check out his work here: http://www.derekbrad.com)
Working with Pittsburgh Symphony was a magnificent experience that I would love to repeat as often as possible over this lifetime and the next few. We gave two performances of The Symphony of the Goddesses together - at The Mann Centre in Philadelphia and the orchestra's home of Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.
Performing at The Mann and meeting the team there was unforgettable and ended in a bucket of champagne and a beautiful card in my dressing room after the performance - never a bad thing! Thanks to all at The Mann for making us feel so welcome and comfortable - you guys really are a class act.
Thank you so much in particular to Catherine Cahill, Nancy Newman and Ed Kasses.
|On stage at The Mann Center with the Pittsburgh Symphony|
|Most Memorable Moment (besides the brilliance of the brass - for God's sakes don't tell them...):|
|Photo of the Mann Center by Photographer extraordinaire, Derek Brad|
When that over-21s moment came in our second performance - this time at the PSO's home in the opulent Heinz Hall - Mr. Soggs dug into the depths of something like musical method acting and brought the druken solo to a whole new level of intoxication.
I hardly think it proper concert etiquette for the conductor to get a "fit of giggles" on the podium (very manly and maestro-like you know), but the bold Mr. Soggs set me up you see...
|Look away Z.fans!: spoiler alert!: it's the nigh mythological Wind Waker|
Ok, perhaps I am a little partial - the bassoon being one of my favorite instruments; "Le Sacre" being no.1 on my desert island discs (I know there are lots of great recordings but Markevich's are my favorites).
Thanks to David Soggs for bringing his brilliance to our performance and not being afraid to "go there", foregoing convention for the theatre in the performance and - making me laugh!
Thanks to that kind and enthusiastic usher at Heinz Hall who took care of me when I was exhausted and wanted me to come back and perform again - very sweet...
Thanks to the musicians and staff of the PSO and chorus for a memorable and ahem... intoxicating experience.
|With the PSO|
|Members of the PSO Chorus|
|Making shadow puppets on the screen... ok maybe not...|
|Our loyal and beloved Z.fans on the lawn at The Mann|