What a GREAT evening......
Last night was the Spoleto Festival finale (Charleston art/music festival) that they hold annually on the lawns at Middelton Plantation (featured in the movie the Patriot). The symphony plays outdoors to a HUGE tailgate party. The lovely Wendi and I and some friends steamed about 10lbs of shrimp, fruit/veggie trays, wine/cheese and a buttload of icy cold beer. What a great time. Oh, and a neato cool fireworks show at the end.
The symphony was FANTASTIC. They played a Prokofiev suite that I actually have on vinyl (how cool is that?) and suite from Hamlet. The conductor was Alfred Newman (has scored 90 or so movies according to the program; War of the Roses, Ice Age etc etc).
It was a fantastic, fantastic time. What was really cool is that my friends who aren't so much into classical were blown away by the music. I've been listening to classical almost exclusively lately and it's just amazing how much good stuff there is out there. Then you turn on the radio and realize how much BAD stuff is being produce today.
Pics to follow.