Yup, this one I knew I could do and had the time to put it together (there are some weeks, where there simply isn't a lot of time to be on Blogger...)
This week's topic is 10 musicians you've seen in concert. Well, I can tell you that my list is longer. And yet, I stopped at just a couple extra, because I was having trouble with names! Google is great, but again, time is an issue. So here we go:
1. Neil Diamond - my FIRST live concert with a popular singer, I was about 13-14? I'll never forget when he had all the lights dim and asked everyone to take a flash photo at the count of 3 - wow is that amazing in the dark!
Now the rest of these are in no particular order date wise, but I've got them grouped by genre, beginning with Folk/Rock:
2. Judy Collins
3. Michael McDonald (with the RSO)
4. Wynona Judd (with the RSO)
5. Bernadette Peters (with the RSO)
6. Keiko Matsui (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)
7. Dave Koz (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)
8. Poncho Sanchez (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)
9. George Benson (at the Richmond Jazz Fest)
10. Chris Botti (with the NSO)
11. Joshua Bell (with the NSO)
12. Midori Goto (with the NSO)
13. James Galway (with the RSO)
I am, and have been for years, a subscriber to the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra series (see RSO notes). I'm proud of our orchestra having been affiliated with it (vicariously) since childhood when my father, sister, and brother-in-law played with it, thru my "motherhood" years when my daughter was in the Youth Orchestra. It's become a full-fledged professional orchestra, and the quality has vastly improved after 60 years as they moved away from being a community orchestra.
NSO is for National Symphony Orchestra and my brother-in-law spent his entire career as a first violinist there. Whenever we went to DC to visit, we went to a concert. I've seen some of the best classical musicians there are in concert there. And then last year, My Sweetheart and I went to see Chris Botti in concert with them. That was a concert to remember for a lifetime, he is simply a brilliant jazz musician.
And of course, My Sweetheart loves jazz, as do I. One of our first "away from home" dates was to go to the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont. They do an really stellar job of bringing in some of the best talent there is. We had a blast over the two days we attended, and I'm hoping the lineup for this summer's event will be good enough that we'll want to go back. What fun it is.
There is simply nothing better than live music, regardless of the genre. And this was a fun romp down memory lane for me, so I'm glad I had the time to do this Ten on Tuesday blog entry!