Last night The Scientist and I attended a historical moment. We went to the FIRST symphonic concert held in Fenway Park. Ok, so it isn’t the same as seeing the Rolling Stones perform there and it certainly wasn’t as exciting as watching celebrities play hockey (remember that one?), but it was fun and it was definitely worth a few hours in the HEAT.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra kicked off their 2010 Summer Season with this concert. This orchestra is dedicated to playing in “significant architectural, historical and geographical settings throughout the Boston area, always free to the public”.
We got there around 7p, just as the sun was starting to set. It was nuts to see the park so empty as we looked across the field.
The Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino kicked off the concert and the orchestra got down tot business with some great tunes.
I was happy to see Ode to Joy on the program. Fun fact: This is one of my favorite pieces because it was a part of my all-time FAVORITE movie, Money Pit. To this day I can tell you all the aspects of that scene. The Scientist tells me that this song was also in Die Hard. Whatever.
Check out the video to hear how great the orchestra combined with the New World Chorale sounded!
During the intermission we did a bit of walking around to check out the stadium without all the drunk baseball fans surrounding us. Whoo hoo! I love no crowds!
Thank you Fenway for hand sanitizer. This should be standard…everywhere. Possibly creepy that I took this pic in the bathroom though. Gross.
After the intermission, Deval Patrick, the Governor of MA was brought on to the stage to be the narrator for the Jackie Robinson story.
I love the idea of narrating during a concert. The music just meshed perfectly with the story.
To sum the night up…great experience. I’m so glad that we were able to go! In addition to some great music, I was pretty proud of myself for resisting the urge to get nachos. What? Every trip to Fenway involves nachos. True story!