These two very different stories about classical music got me thinking. For me, it's hard to listen to great music in the background. I can’t concentrate on other things, in fact, I have to listen. Mozart blaring from small speakers outside a 7-Eleven is a bit annoying.
On the other hand, I find a great live performance in a nice acoustic setting of music by Mozart, Bach, Puccini, Mahler or Barber intensely moving. Over the years, I’ve often experienced this feeling right here in New Jersey while producing features for State of the Arts.
Let me share a few of my all-time favorite episodes with orchestras! Perhaps one will inspire you to consider going to hear one of these amazing music groups in person.