Monday, 5 March 2007

Good News Here And There ...

Actually I'm more or less stairing in awe at my life, which seems to definately take a turn for the better now. I can hardly believe it, after the way things have been over the last month, so I'm almost sitting around waiting for a disaster to occur!

I've had to turn to some 'alternate solutions' where Uni is concerned. I can't say that I'm happy about that, not at all, but I still can't feel bad about it, because the way things were, I think this was my only choice. And after having done that, Uni actually does work out!! I have fallen behind a lot, so I have a great deal to catch up on, but the daily routine of Uni is working now - and nobody is more greatful for that than me!

Also, another thing. It might not sound like a big deal to most of you, but considering my problems and the way I have been feeling these past five weeks or so, it is really huge for me. Since I had to cancel on a party I was invited to due to bad train trafic, I decided to invite two girls from Uni to my place just for a light meal and a chat. This is something I really don't do, unless it's people I really know, so this felt like a big step! I really like these girls, and today I found out that both of them are happy to come! :) We're working out the details now, and I'm so beyond happy about this actually happening!! I'm very nervous too, as this kind of socialising is rather new to me, and I really want it to work out - but I really think it will! :)

Music From Vienna

Yesterday I attended a concert, where an orchestra were playing classical Vienna-music, these wonderful waltzes and marches by Strauss and all the other great composers.
Unfortunately I was late coming there, so I never managed to get a programme (stupid me), which is why this entry won't be a detailed review. Also, I don't have a great knowledge of classical music, although I had a wonderful time yesterday!!
Just sitting in the audience and listen to a large orchestra playing live is an amazing experience and I really enjoyed myself. This is the third time I've listened to this particular orchestra, the Tonica Orchestra, and they are very good. Yesterday's solist was Elisabeth Assarsson who was sooo talented. There were a lot of operetta music, and even though I can't list that kind of songs and music among my favourites, I think it was really good yesterday!
I also enjoyed conductor Torsten Östergren, he both conducted and played the violin himself - amazing! He and Elisabeth Assarsson did presentations for all the music they played, which was fantastic for someone like me, who doesn't know too much about this!

Just before the break, there was an announcement that Elisabeth Assarsson had just turned 60 years old, so all the orchestra members as well as the entire audience stood up and sang the Swedish version of 'Happy Birthday' to her! :) I think she was quite surprised by that! :)
Also, in the second half of the concert, during one of Johann Strauss' most famous waltzes, four youngsters, probably in their early teens, appeared and waltzed along the isles back and forth! I just LOVE those little extras that the audience are given!! (it was the same during the Musical Highlights-concert - same orchestra! - when they sang songs from 'Kristina From Duvemåla' and had young children up to do a chorus!)
The audience went pretty crazy at the end - and I like that! :) Lots of aplauding and clapping the entire time, demanding extra numbers! And we got them too ... I think five or six (or even seven!??) extra songs - Amazing! Unfortunately, I had a somewhat unpatient gentleman sitting next to me, he started getting a little grumpy and complained about 'never getting dinner' ... which I felt was rude to the orchestra and the solist ...
The very ending was fantastic, the orchestra giving their all in the Radetzky March, while the audienced clapped along! Wonderful!!

Apologies for this not being a proper review, but you'll have to settle for this!
Needless to say, I had an amazing afternoon!!

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The Darkest Night said...

Hey sis!

wow, sounds like a really nice concert! Too bad you didn't get a programme...must be annoying! :(

And that "gentleman" sure sounds annoying...... *don't like*

Jessica said...

I get *really* annoyed by those kinds of people ... *sigh* Guess I won't let him destroy the memory of the concert though! ;)

And yes, it was a bit dull not to get a programme - they don't say that much, but at least I would have gotten a list of what the orchestra was playing ... *oops* Next time I go - on Musical Show Stoppers - I WILL get a programme! :)

The Darkest Night said...

yeah..sounds like a jerk! Sounds even worse than the rude guy I was sitting next to in Les Miz! Remember him? such a grumpy person... :(
But yes - don't let that idiot ruin it for you! :)