Thursday, August 6, 2015

Concert day

Today I went to the Library again, and since I couldn't take out any books, I photographed the ones I wanted to read, so I can read them on my computer. I found this great photo of Alfred A Knopf and his wife, Blanche:

Alfred A Knopf and Blanche Wolf Knopf

I am particularly interested in this book on The Mythic West by Robert Athearn. Knopf hated Athearn's writing, but this is a really interesting study of the whole concept of "The West" and how it has shaped our understanding of the nation.

This evening we went to the Colorado Music Festival Concert at the Chautauqua Auditorium. It was a great program - with the theme of "Trading Places: From Paris to New York." All the music had an America-France connection.  It opened with Bernstein's Candide Overture, then Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, followed by George Antheil's Jazz Symphony. The pianist was Marc-Andre Hamelin - who was outstanding, and so was the orchestra, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni. The second half was Milhaud's A Frenchman in New York and the evening ended with a rousing American in Paris by Gershwin.  A very enjoyable concert. We had very good seats - Betsey used her wheel chair and that put us in a special area with good views of the pianist and conductor and especially the percussion section, which was very busy in this concert!

The auditorium is a marvelous pavilion going back to the old Chautauqua days, with sides that open up and a high ceiling. A very nice venue.
The Chautauqua Auditorium

Jean-Marie Zeitoni
Mark-Andre Hamelin

Inside the Auditorium tonight before the concert started

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