Philadelphia is famous for many things: The birthplace of America, the Liberty Bell, Philly cheese steaks, but as I shared with the audience at The Mann Center on July 25th last, to me as a kid, Philadelphia was famous for one reason only: it's where the Philadelphia Orchestra lives!
|Photo by Derek Brad|
|Conducting with the Wind Waker, and a little Hyrulian|
Photo by Derek Brad
Every moment on stage was exhilarating, every turn an adventure. It was difficult not to get distracted when that Philadelphia string sound, coupled with Koji Kondo's famous melodies, came toward me like a wave. The violin solos were exquisite under the fingers of our concertmaster for the night, Juliette Kang, a true audience favorite.
|Photo by Derek Brad|
Before the concert I took part in a video installation project featuring some of The Mann's performers, created by photographic/video artist Derek Brad, official photographer for The Mann. The concept of the project was intriguing to me but I daren't spoil the surprise before Derek's launch.
Thanks to Juliette Kang and the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra (especially those who came to my dressing room afterwards and gave me a thumbs-up, it meant the world to me!); Travis Wells and the orchestra's administrative staff; Derek Brad and a big hug to my friends at the Mann: Catherine Cahill, Nancy Newman, Ed Kasses, Debbie Lobel and Tony, the worlds best driver/tour-guide/all-around-great-Philly-guy.
Here's a quote from a review of the performance by Vir Animus of The Knights of Hyrule (probably the most poetic review I've ever had...):
"Eimear Noone’s own performance was mesmerizing. Despite her delicate physical condition, Mrs. Noone commanded the prodigious orchestra with a dance of great technical skill. She ambulated every jointed point of her body, leaning forward and back to urge the musicians on and carry their instrumental voices into the heavens. At several points, she was moving with such ferocity and passion that she almost appeared to be battling the enemies on screen at her pedestal. Her love of the material was maternal and evident by the smile on her face that grew as she first stepped out on stage and did not dissipate until long after she stepped out of the spotlight."
|Two young fans - Photo by Derek Brad|