Monday, January 30, 2012
More birthday entertainment
A tapas lunch of three types of cheese toasts, patatas bravas and spinach salad with roquefort and walnuts was delicious. Then it was on to Placa de Gracias, another huge pedestrian walkway filled with shops. For us it was all window shopping except for one indulgence - a Royal Stuart tartan mini skirt in kilt form! On top of leggings it looks great. Who would have thought a mini skirt at my age. I love it.
Tonight's concert, Shi-Yeon Sung conducting the Palau symphony. It was a different group tonight, definitely older. Our seats were perfect for watching Shi-yeon, guest conductor, the 36-year-old South Korean first female assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony. To say she was dynamic doesn't really describe her. She really got the most out of the orchestra when she was conducting Beethoven's Fifth, explosive then soft. Excellent. One funny thing was two men sitting on the same row as the clarinets. I think one was someone to do with the symphony and the other a guest. They just sat there through the whole thing. Did the guest win a prize? Why was he there?