I went to catch Erich Kunzel conduct the Toronto Symphonic Orchestra in â€˜The Magical Music of Disneyâ€™ tonight with my friends. It was a lot of fun! I felt like a groupie mouthing the words to the songs half the timeâ€¦ Well, maybe a little more than half the time. Heh.
The feel and caliber of the performance I attended was not exactly as wonderful as the TSO Pops Christmas one I attended in December (which was also conducted by Erich Kunzel), but it was still very enjoyableâ€¦ The opening bars of the first medley put a broad smile on my face and the smile stayed for the whole 2 hours and beyond!
This particular TSO experience was punctuated by a lot of laughter due to the fact that I was sitting with Wanting. From time to time she would giggle with amusement much to my amusementâ€¦ and here are some out-takes from our whispered exchanges:
WT: * giggle*
Me: Whatâ€™s so funny?
WT: You see that uncle there in the first row with the white hair? Heâ€™s singing so aggressively! Ha haâ€¦ so cute! (referring to a member of the Mississauga Choral Society)
WT: Donâ€™t you think the drummer looks like the mad professor from Tin Tin?
As â€˜Once Upon a Dreamâ€™ from The Sleeping Beauty starts playingâ€¦
Me: eyes light up and, according to Ting I had a rapt expression on my face
WT: *elbow nudges me* Hey you didnâ€™t bring your tiara!
As â€˜Under the Seaâ€™ starts playing and weâ€™re taken up by the uptempo beatâ€¦
WT: *quiet laughter* Donâ€™t you think the music sounds like itâ€™s a dance for å°ç™½ï¼Ÿ *flutters her hands to imitate the cartoon character*
On the way home from Roy Thomson Hall, I was still on a bit of Disney high and kept singing some of the songs. And I was delighted and surprised when Yee Leng joined me when I started â€˜Part of Your Worldâ€™. She has such a sweet and clear voice too! Man, she and Yuehan would be one couple who would sound great doing a duet! :P
For me, part of the fun of this concert was the fact that I attended it with so many of my friends here: Wanting, Phei Yee, Yee Leng, Yuehan, Zoe, Tingfang, Kenneth (& family!). Iâ€™m really looking forward to the next group â€˜culturalâ€™ outing this week!