- its up to 80 degrees today with a thunderstorm due at 8pm. We will be safely inside the Harris by then for the third performance of Giasone.
Last night's concert at the CSO is totally to be recommended. Trevor Pinnock is an energetic, even athletic, conductor who gets sparkling playing out of the CSO. An obscure Haydn overture, that for the opera L'isola disabitata, was an enchanting starter, the gloriously seductive Faure Suite Masques et Bermasques, and the Haydn Cello Concerto in C made up the first half. The solo cellist was a splendid debutant from Russia, now resident in Portugal, Pavel Gomziakov, making his US debut. He is a charmer and a formidable player. He will surely be back. And we ended with a sprightly and immaculately played performance of Mozart's great G minor, number 40.
You can go to this program tonight, tomorrow, or Tuesday. It was a huge pleasure, and how nice to see the CSO in small format. They are an outstanding chamber orchestra as well when called upon, as here, to be so!
This afternoon Frederica von Stade gave an inspirational Masterclass for the benefit of members of our young artists program. But of course a good few of the principals in both Giasone and Three Decembers came along as well. She is well and truly a role model in everything she does. It is a joy to have her here in Chicago for Three Decembers and her recital with Jake Heggie on May 10.