Saturday, June 30, 2012

Magic!

My daughter is a harpist and will be transferring to a conservatory/university this Fall as a music major.  The excitement about the school she will be attending is already high.  But, then, you add on the opportunities that are already coming her way because of it and....WOW!  It's incredible!  She's thrilled!  We're proud!  Sometimes life can be better and bigger than dreams!

She found out about a month or so ago that she would have the opportunity to perform in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  She was super excited!  This is a place that she wanted to visit and only dreamt of playing there...maybe...in the far future.  She and some of the university students were asked to perform with a local...and I must add...VERY talented...youth symphony for a music festival.  She received her music, quickly learned it, bought a new gown, attended some rehearsals last week and we were off to LA early yesterday morning for the BIG day.

I thought the concert hall sounded interesting but seeing it in person is amazing!  It's beautiful!  Unfortunately, I didn't bring my camera because they aren't allowed inside.  So, I had to settle for taking photos with my cell phone.  Some of them are were taken at an angle in an attempt to get as much into the photo as possible.  They aren't bad but I'm not sure that any photo could truly convey the magic of visiting this place in person.

It was smaller than I had imagined but the lines were so beautiful that I couldn't stop looking at it, taking pictures, and saying..."WOW!"  It's truly a work of art in every way.  Even the accoustics inside were amazing!  They didn't need microphones of any kind.  In fact, we were told that if everyone was quiet and a pin were dropped, everyone would be able to hear it.  We've noticed in other concert halls and theatres that it's often difficult to impossible to hear some of the instruments...especially the harp.   Not here!  We could hear every instrument...beautifully.  During the concert, I kept catching myself in such amazement at the music, the talent and the concert hall that my mouth was open...it was jaw dropping! 

Here it is from across the street...


This is the main entrance on the corner. If you look carefully to the right and just above the top of the stairs,
you can see tiny holes for lights that spell out, "Walt Disney Concert Hall"...


More photos looking above the entrance...




Every where you look is beautiful.  And, with each step you take or tilt of your head, the lines
 and beauty change to create another view that's hard to resist photographing.


Stunning!


I love how the pictures I took in the morning look blue.  So pretty!


The music hall is nestled in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, amongst skyscrapers and freeways.


I honestly did not expect to experience so much magic yesterday! I absolutely want to visit this place again for another concert...maybe the LA Philharmonic! If you ever get a chance to go...don't miss it!

Of course, a lot of the magic was because my daughter was a part of it all.  She looked goreous in her new gown (pictures are still on her camera) and she did a fabulous job. The orchestra and conductor she performed with were amazing as were the pieces they played. We're so proud of her and so excited for her. We're looking forward to what's next and attending more orchestra performances that she will be a part of.

5 comments:

Roxie said...

What a magical play to play! It sounds like a night to remember.

Pictures,please, of both of you dolled up.

vicki said...

What a fantastic achievement for your daughter-- you have every right to be proud!! I have such great admiration for harpists-- I think it would be such a difficult instrument to play. This is going to be an exciting new chapter in your lives!!

Xo
Vicki

Benita said...

Did anyone record it?

vicki said...

I wanted to start following your blog -- but you dont have a follower button -- what gives!! I love visiting you here!

Vicki

Acorn to Oak said...

I didn't know you could add a follow button...I've never seen one before. I'll have to look into that. I always add blogs to my follow list by copying and pasting.