Saturday, December 13, 2008

Afternoon in the City

This afternoon, we went downtown for a chamber music concert at the Teatro della Pergola, an old theater/opera house. The program included Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, and even though the advertised clarinetist Karl-Heinz Steffens was replaced with Eduard Brunner, the concert was still well played and enjoyable. Afterward, we walked to the Piazza Santa Croce, where the “Heidelberg Christmas Market” has been going on. It’s actually more of a European Christmas market, with stands selling French Christmas cookies, Austrian strudel, Dutch cheese, Hungarian sweets, among others. Well, and German Glühwein of course.

4 comments:

dqjkin2000 said...

...and a large stand with an assortment of British butter cookies.

Michael said...

that's a pretty ambitious piece to present to the public. good for europe.

Ben said...

Well, they try... I remember the first time I saw this piece in concert in Germany I was one of about five people in the audience (for an excellent performance by the Ensemble Villa Musica, by the way). Also this time, the theater was far from sold out and many of the older attendees snuck out during the Messiaen. A pity, because this is probably one of the greatest chamber music pieces of the 20th century. I imagine the situation would be similar in the US.

dqjkin2000 said...

And I thought old people in c-ville were rude to leave as soon as a piece ended, while people were clapping. These old people don't even have the excuse of trying to get out of a crowded parking lot.