So here we are, live at the Pittsburgh Symphony and Heinz Hall. We just saw thePSO perform various pieces by Shostakovich, a composer trapped behind theIron Curtain during Stalin’s regime. The music is really dissonant, had cheerful overtones underlaid by melancholy, and it was impressive but sad. You really feel for the oppressed peoples who were behind the Soviet veil.
The PSO performed brilliantly, and we especially loved watching the bass drummer!
On a brighter note, we got to see a pre-concert talk by Greg Sandow, and also got a backstage tour. Fascinating! Some pics:
The view from the lower level:
Another view from backstage:
Greg Sandow gives a post-concertblogging chat: