Nina Shoehalter

Nina Shoehalter’s Event Journal

Oakland East Bay Symphony: A Celebration of the Music of Dave Brubeck

2 tickets
Balcony Rear (Rows U-Z)

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No fault of the presenters . . . the evening was a dud for us; in fact we left at intermission. Why? The concept was noble -- honoring a jazz legend and raising money for the Symphony. BUT ... Brubeck's intimate, personal signature was never meant to be delivered by a fullblown orchestra. It ended up as a kind of musical elephantiasis -- way too big a sound. And Ms. Von Stade's (fading and harsh) voice was totally unsuited to the jazz idiom. The plusses for me were the pre-show observations and reminiscences with Chris Brubeck and Michael Morgan.