Sing-a-long Beethoven

For my birthday present a few months back, Cindi combined my loves for both karaoke singing and classical music and came up with an inspired gift: tickets to a special sing-a-long performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (“Choral”), last Sunday at the All Saints Episcopal Church on the Upper East Side, performed by the Park Avenue Symphony and your fellow attendees in the pews. It was quite an exhilarating experience (especially as I hadn’t read sheet music in years and I didn’t really know German).

It’s shaping up to be a musical week as we are going to check out Cesare Evoria at Carnegie Hall tomorrow evening. I know nothing about this Cape Verdean singer except that she is supposed to be phenomenal.

I should also mention one of the highlights of my day today: walking down 8th Avenue to the bus stop with my iPod on “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin – it was like a David Lean rock musical playing in my head, and the perfect song to navigate one’s way through a throng of tourists (just pretend one is in a Himalayan bazaar and suddenly this summertime chore becomes exotic) .

Other iPod highlights today: Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl” while at work (reminding me of happy moments waiting for the subway back in my previous neighborhood of Borough Hall, Brooklyn), and riding the bus home listening to the first 20 minutes of a Ramones concert recorded in 1977

currently playing: “Mainline Florida” by Eric Clapton

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    Ohhh… the 9th Symphony sing-a-long sounds sublime! There are some moments in the choral sections that move me in ways I only experience occasionally with music. Do let us know how it goes.

    And have you seen Once? I don’t know if it’s your thing exactly, but it has this knock-out sequence where one of the characters is listening to headphones and a tracking shot is used to follow her through Dublin at night. It’s a lot like what you describe in the third paragraph.

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  • alsolikelife

    It was on Sunday, and it was a lot of fun. Like I said, it was hard following the score since I’m not trained to read music, but it was fun and kind of game-like to follow the German words and estimate their pronunciation (i.e. when in doubt, pronounce “w” like “v”)

    Haven’t seen Once yet (sounds like an excellent date movie, we’ve just been really busy lately to go on a date – Beethoven notwithstanding). I read your review though and was encouraged to check it out.

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    The last Beethoven piece i saw performed was his 1st Piano concerto, as well as his Tempest Sonata. Our local orchestra plays here for about 6 months a year, unfortunately they’re now on tour so we’ve got to wait til October to hear anymore of them. FWIW the last concert i went to featured Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture, the Beethoven Concerto, and finally Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony.

    I also realised the other day that i find “metal” the best genre to listen to on my Ipod when i’m jogging. I assume it’s a combination on the emphasis on beat, played at the right tempo – a lot of hip hop is too slow for me to run to.

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    Metal! I think I’d die of apoplexia if I ran to that. Although I do have a favorite memory of running to Metallica’s “Blackened” back in high school.

    I’ll get to test out all kinds of music over the next few months as I plan out my playlist for… the New York City Marathon! This will be the first time I’ve ever run a marathon. I got in this year after four consecutive failed bids b/c I’ve decided to run on behalf of a charity. More on that later…

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