It was as if a thick cloud was moving across Randy's vision in his right eye. He tried to ignore it (having no health insurance kind of does that to a person) but while we were in the temple yesterday morning, he had the distinct impression that he needed to see a specialist regardless of the cost. He called the one he had seen before --- out of town. The office referred him to another who was covering --- out of the city (as a rule, ophthamologists don't work on Fridays). Dr. Katzman was on the road back, however, and would meet Randy at the office in an hour or two.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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.