An Excellent Performance

If we were late, we didn't care. An elevator showed us out onto a floor where people gathered round a table blanketed in champagne and wine. We made our way, and caught attention.

"I'll have a glass of that."
"A glass of that?"
"Here you go."
"And one more, please."
"Here you go."
"Thank you."

We took our glasses of white into the dark and crowded room. People swayed and stumbled, looking to discover the few empty seats that remained along the far walls and others that were lost within the circles and rows. We would rather stand together than sit apart, thank you. Large, bare windows broke the unfinished gray walls to reveal the fluorescent New York City sky. Lights blinked off and on, green and blue. Up on the tenth floor of another faceless building, on the other side of 10th Avenue, a party of mannequins lined up against the glass and peered into our room, begging for a glimpse of the performance. And could you blame them?

An usher soon noticed us, and presented two seats to the right of the piano. We were happy to take them, thank you.

The Baryshnikov Dance Foundation presents The Movado Hour, featuring: Bella Davidovich, piano, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, violin, and Andres Diaz, cello, performing Tchaikovsky, op. 50 (1881).

Throughout thunderous flourishes, fists pounding against keys and bows crashing against strings, our thoughts danced.

It was an excellent performance, unlike anything I'd ever seen. Except I kept comparing them to a rock band — tight, and with a certain passion and chemistry that only comes from time spent together. In fact, however, they rocked harder than most rock bands I've ever seen.

I'm now looking forward to purchasing a recording of the performance and recreating the event at home, through the A3.5 units, which have been quite a surprise, actually.

Al Marcy's picture

Jammin' is as jammin' does, and, wow 8)

Clay White's picture

You hit it smack on the money, my young friend. Chamber groups, like rock groups and jazz groups are great when they know one another so intimately that they automatically follow what the mood of the moment does to the music they're playing. A lot of the good stuff is in the charts - but not all of it.