Saturday July 13, 2013 / 8:00pmThe Planets
How was your experience?
First, I should mention that this venue is best for people who can handle a good bit of a walk--even if you have the expensive orchestra seats, but especially if you are in the terrace or lawn sections. As I'm 5 months pregnant, I found the steep climb to our seats made me a bit dizzy. The orchestra seemed to play well, but I wish we could have heard them better. They were very far away. Also the patrons in the terrace and lawn sections tend to treat the concert as background music for their continuing conversations. I really do wish people would stop bringing small children to this concert series--particularly if they are going to allow them to run screaming through the lawn section with flashlights during the concert itself. It's not that this isn't a family-friendly event, but if do bring your children perhaps you could teach them some decorum or to listen to the music. The guest violinist was extraordinarily good and I enjoyed Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto more than any other part of the evening. The visuals during The Planets were weak. Even if we'd had better seats, it wouldn't have changed the fact that the star field behind the planets had been cut-and-pasted onto the screen nine times to fill the space. Once I noticed this, I found the entire power-point like presentation to be irritating. We actually left just before the last planet, to avoid walking with the throngs back to our car.