The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is one of the most beautiful concertos of the Romantic era. I loved Lamsma's performance with one exception. She definitely conquered the piece and that is how she approached her interpretation. It was wonderful to see and hear her technical proficiency and passion. But it was passion with drive and not so much emotion. This concerto is romantic emotion and this element was lacking. I never got this far in my studies to even attempt this concerto, but I can still hear what was amazing and what was lacking. Regardless of this one small flaw, the performance was thrilling, and it was so engaging to see her technique. After the performance my husband said, "I guess we can now go live our uneventful, unaccomplished lives." Yes, Lamsma was that good.
The following photo by Dutch photographer Antoinette Borchert says it all about Lamsma's performances. Look at that hair!
Conductor, Thierry Fischer, was also a joy to watch. His whole body moves as he conducts the orchestra. I love how the PR department of the symphony makes him look slightly rugged and handsome like Harrison Ford when in reality he looks a little like Dustin Hoffman.
Now I love going to the symphony. I assume other's do as well. After all, they bought tickets. So why do people dress so casually to attend the symphony, theater, ballet, or opera? Good grief. This violinist gave up her childhood so she could become a performer. The least the audience could do is wear something better than a University of Utah hoodie. Yes, I actually saw this and jeans and beat up t-shirts. Come on people! This is a special occasion. It is more important than going to the grocery store or cleaning the toilet, so dress for it. I also don't believe that people can't afford to dress for the symphony. I know that hoodie was about 60 dollars. What I couldn't do with 60 dollars and good sale or fancy second hand store. My goal now is to refashion a suitable item for a glamorous evening out. I've already started my search. I will blog about the new evening wear when it is complete.
I did see a man in a tux, a top hat, wing tips, and loads of turquoise jewelry. It was a little over the top but at least he dressed up!