...I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha. But the orchestra performance wasn't that good. The orchestra wasn't quite sync with the percussions. And the soloist was just out of pitch. It was kind of embarrassing.
The best surprise was Hedwig's Theme at the end of the concert.
And the autograph signing actually wasn't that bad ! The security guy asked everyone to stay calm, not to wave anything in Williams face. No one came to disturb anyone. And I actually got my autograph !!!
That's me touching John Williams hand ! (Someone is hiding my face)
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Hmm, sorry to disagree with you about Geisha, Proteus, but I actually thought the performance was sublime and at times i liked even better than the Chicago recording, particularly Brush on Silk. I found Martha Babcock's performance outstanding. I did seem to hear the trumpet section miss a beat once in another piece, but I'm not sure.
I agree completely with you about the signing and the Security Guy, he was very firm, but seemes genuinely concerned that we get our autographs. Incidentally, from your ticket I notice that we must've been sitting practically side by side! I was in Section 4 Row C Seat 2 and got my Star Wars LP signed.
The crowd at Symphony Hall is just obnoxious. I feel like you have a select group of people attending for the music and showing the proper etiquette. Everyone else is just there for something to do on a Saturday night. I mean, who starts blabbing in Symphony Hall while John Williams is conducting the Boston Pops in the Superman march?? People are ordering drinks nonstop in the orchestra seating, the doors never stay closed. It just seems to have become an embarrassment by my lifetime.
Congratulations on your autographed CD!
It is a pity when people talk during a performance, but as for the drinks and stuff, isn't that the whole concept of the Pops? It was set up to provide a light atmosphere for the casual enthusiast.
I didn't find it particularly noisiy and was actually grateful that there was less use of the screen this time, allowing us to experience the music. Someone else commented to the laughs during the 1941 March, but I actually feel that they add to that performance. Same goes with the Stars and Stripes Forever.
For me, the hightlight was when John started directing the audience and then gave us the signal to stop clapping our hands and we all did; it made us feel as part of the performance.