36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 014: My first concert—Washington State Choir


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 14 — Day 014: My first concert—Washington State Choir
16-August-1971 (Mon.)


Feeling frustrated when studying. Seem to be overloading myself—trying to learn too fast.

First Concert—Washington State Choir—excellent choir in a good concert, in an extremely beautiful Italian Church. Enjoyed the music. [Concert 01]


Total immersion. It looks like “total immersion” German is killing me. It’s not as bad as it sounds (I think). As I mentioned a while ago, “learnin’ ain’t easy.” Don’t give up, John. Keep going.

I’m still going to go back to Europe when I retire and fulfill my dream of taking a monthly language course each year in all of the major cities.

First concert. Well, it looks like I finally get to my first concert. Yay! Isn’t it ironic that it’s an American musical group, a concert choir from Washington State? Probably Washington State University? You would be amazed at how excellent many university choirs sound. It looks like it was a good concert and in a beautiful Italian church. This is a major reason to be in Vienna—the music.

While not an expert, I know that the summer season is the touring season for many American musical ensembles to tour Europe, especially university and college groups. So, if you’re visiting in the summer, you will get more concerts than usual. And, they are generally free.

Plenty of music in the U.S. You can get a great “classical” concert-going experience in the States if you’re near a major city with a large musical establishment. (Classical here refers to symphonies and operas.) I only live an hour away from New York, why don’t I go more often? Time, and MONEY (mostly). Just the other day, I received an email to attend a concert by the New York Philharmonic. Center orchestra seats—$150 per ticket. Ouch! How do people afford this? Looks like my wife and kids are never going to see the inside of Avery Fisher Hall. Well, one day, for sure. It IS worth the $150 though.

Lincoln Center Award. As a related aside—When I was young, I received a student Lincoln Center Award to go to a number of concerts at Lincoln Center. I may have been in 8th or 9th grade, perhaps. I loved it. It was the FIRST TIME I heard the New York Philharmonic; the first time I heard any symphony orchestra live. That was it. I was hooked on music. These kinds of programs are important to young students, especially for students who can’t afford to go. They provide a cultural experience and exposure that is invaluable to them. Hope they’re still doing those concerts. Thanks, Lincoln Center. I’ll be back.

[Lincoln Center is the world-renown music and arts center in New York City, offering performances of concert and symphonic music, recitals, opera, ballet, modern dance, theater, and special music festivals. It is home to the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Ballet, and other ensembles.]


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