The Big Think

January 24, 2004


Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:26 am

We had a wonderful time at the Austin Symphony last night. The guest pianist (Jon Kimura Parker) played Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (you may know one of the variations as the main theme to “Somewhere in Time”). The orchestra also played Dvorak’s Symphony No.6 In D Major, Op. 60 and the Overture from Wagner’s Rienzi. When he was finished with the Rachmaninoff, Parker played a medley of Billy Joel as an encore. I kid you not. It was great. I could just hear the 9′ German Steinway’s thoughts after he finished pounding out Angry Young Man: “huh?!? What was THAT?”.
A great night of music.

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  1. I have heard a lot of pianists in concert, and while really good, Jon Kimura Parker didn’t stand out to me until he #1- finished playing the Rachmaninoff and gave Peter Bay a big friendly bear hug, and #2 when he *shocked* me by playing Billy Joel (!!) of all people as his encore. (I was expecting a the traditional Chopin Nocturne, Mazurka, etc..) It was awesome, and I’m glad I had the depth to step out of my Frasier-like, sometimes snooty, classical pianist self and really love the fact that he did it. It was surreal and really, really great.

    Comment by Erin — January 25, 2004 @ 12:39 pm

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