Last weekend's Utah Symphony concert was EXHAUSTING but oh, so fun! Here are a couple of "out of the ordinary" happenings that are worth remembering:
Latvian violinist, Baiba Skride, gave a an amazing performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto. On Friday evening, right at the climax of the last movement, the E-string peg on her Stradivarious slipped. She attempted to retune it, but us unable to in a speedy fashion, so she quickly exchanged violins with our concertmaster, Ralph, and resumed playing, ending the work in a glorious fashion. UNBELIEVABLE!
The most memorable event of the evening occurred after the concert. I had spotted President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in the "box" seats during our performance; he is an avid supporter of the arts and I have seen him in many an audience. After the concert as I left the stage and entered the musicians lounge, he was being escorted through by the symphony CEO to meet the new conductor. He walked toward me with a smile on his face and we shook hands. Undoubtedly, he recognized me from my roll in the Orchestra at Temple Square; I was thrilled! I SO admire him. I told him how nice it was to see him, he expressed his delight at the excellence of the concert.