Sunday, August 25, 2002

I saw the annual TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR at the Hollywood Bowl last night, in the open air with 18,000 of my closest friends. The sound is perfect, even from hundreds of feet away, except for the occasional clanking of bottles by the audience. The Hollywood Bowl is one of the few venues left in America that lets customers bring in their own food and drink--including bottles full of booze. I suppose symphony music doesn't attract the type of audience known for throwing bottles nor does symphony music have a tendency to incite an audience into throwing bottles. The finale to the 1812 Overture included fireworks timed to the music. It almost brought a tear to my eye. I give it 3 1/2 violins out of 4. Go see it next year.