What did you think of our last program?
Good morning Camerata friends!
It’s the, rather grey, Monday morning following the most recent set of 5 Camerata performances. I’m sipping my morning coffee, reflecting on what was a particularly intense series of concert experiences. Our musicians have scattered to the four corners of the globe, and I’m sitting here feeling a bit drained but very satisfied and rewarded by the performances from my amazing colleagues and the reception by our wonderful audiences.
I’m wondering what you thought of the concerts.
When I conceived the program, 18 – 24 months ago, I intended it to be intense concert experience — a program that would take us to a more challenging realm of performance and listening. And it was a program designed to reward different kinds of listening — in addition to the standard narrative format with which we are all most familiar.
I expected the audiences to be split between those who reveled in the experience, those who would be somewhat bewildered and those who hated it. Thankfully, over the years, the last group has become ever smaller, but what has been most rewarding to observe is the first group now represents the overwhelming majority. This is a wonderful testament to YOU, our listeners J. Without fear of contradiction I’m absolutely sure Camerata Pacifica’s audience represents the best, most attentive, open-minded and intellectually curious audience I know. I can tell you, the musicians who perform for you are well aware of this and are most appreciative.
As am I. The first half of this most recent program required close to an hour of non-stop attention, journeying from the sensual implications of Debussy, to the visceral and explosive Xenakis to the ephemeral Takemitsu, linked by the imaginative Richard Rodney Bennett — all of this music required committed listening — and in every venue you were right there with us. Then, following intermission, wasn’t the richness of that Shostakovitch piano quintet sound, along with the narrative delivery, such an amazing contrast?
So this morning I’m really very interested to hear what your takeaway was. I’ll be happy to post any comments, answer any questions and encourage any dialogue.
What did you think of the pieces? The performances? The method of presentation? I am, and the musicians are, interested to hear anything you have to say.