GOD, I love living in LA!!
So as some of you already know, tonight I went to the LA Philharmonic’s Opening Night Concert to see Gustavo Dudamel conduct, and the amazing Juan Diego Florez (as tenor).
I can tell you now, I think I’m still in shock. Even when I was there, a mere 20 feet away, looking literally into Mr. Dudamel’s face (we had orchestra view seats, my favorite cuz you can see the conductor’s facial expressions… it’s especially worth it when Dudamel is at the podium!) I felt like it wasn’t real. It was too good to be true. I wish words could do the experience justice, but they just can’t. All I will say, is that tonight was a truly magical night for me. A once in a lifetime experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
By the end of the program, the audience was so excited and pleased, our standing ovation lead to two encores! We just didn’t want it to stop! And as confetti rained down on us from above to really end the night with a bang, I still wondered, “How did I get this lucky, to experience something this phenomenal?”
So, FINALLY, when we all stopped applauding (after most of the orchestra had already gone backstage) we started heading out of the hall and I couldn’t help but notice… EVERYONE was smiling. :) I think seeing music live like that, with such a talented orchestra, phenomenal tenor Juan Diego (wow, what a voice!), and passionate conductor, reaches people at the most basic level. A humanistic level. We are all the same, and we can all speak the universal language of music. Dudamel also has quite the sense of humor, which he showcased during a lil speech he gave after La gazza Ladra. I was SO excited that I got to hear him talk in PERSON! He has the most charming accent I’ve ever heard in my life! lol ok ok. I’m a fan, so sue me.
Well, I could literally go on and on about how amazing the concert was, but I just won’t be able to do it justice. But it was filmed and will be broadcast on an episode of “Great Performances” on PBS.. so keep a lookout.. I’ll prolly be on t.v. lol
HOWEVER, for all you TRUEBLOOD fans out there, I have a lil tasty morsel just for you. As everyone was filing out of the hall it started to get pretty crowded as we were all heading for the escalators to bring us to the main floor and tents for the gala celebration. So at a particularly cramped point, I found myself RIGHT up against a man in front of me, (but to my left if you really wanna see the layout haha). So my bare naked arm and shoulder accidently brushed up against this man’s right shoulder blade and the back of his (muscular) arm. And right away in my head I thought… “wow, that’s an expensive suit. Is that.. silk? or just the softest suit I’ve ever felt in my life! BUTTER!” But I digress… after I had accidentally brushed against this person, he paused, turned his head, looked me right in the eyes (literally about 8 inches away.. like I said, it was cramped) and said “Oh, sorry!”
It took all my strength to keep my jaw from hitting the floor. STEPHEN MOYER just said sorry to me! No wait, wait… I JUST TOUCHED STEPHEN MOYER! (aka. Bill from TrueBlood) But fear not, I played it cool and just said “Oh, it’s okay” and flashed the best smile I got. This was not a place you can go all fangirl and start swooning for an autograph or picture. Keep it classy people. ;)
All in all.. I’m gonna have to say, tonight was a night for the record books. <3