Friday, January 13, 2012

A Deep Bow

As a blogger, I spend a lot of time complaining about things worth complaining about, and often about things that really aren't. Goodness knows, I have complained a lot about Michael Tilson Thomas, especially when SFS seasons give short shrift to new music or seem boring.

This season, though, has been exceptional, and after a night like tonight's - the Janacek Sinfonietta and Debussy's Le martyr de Saint Sebastien, two wild and wonderful pieces - there's not much to do other than bow deeply and kiss his feet, and be grateful that the centennial makes it possible for him to get the kind of funding you need to put on those pieces. The Janacek with its 26 brass, the Debussy with its spectacular staging, narrator, singers, chorus, three harps....you get the picture.

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