You know me, I‘ll try new things so long as they don’t involve me in actually doing very much. Why only last year, I had my first frozen yoghurt. So when my daughter invited me to an evening of orchestral music, I was up for it.
We parked at the downtown library for our trip to the Citadel Theatre. As there was a hockey game on that evening, I was worried we wouldn’t find a parking place. In the end, there was plenty of space way down in the bowels of the parking lot. I have been through the Channel Tunnel and I have visited the Blue John mines of Derbyshire back when you lit your way with a candle and a pan lid. I have never been so far underground as I was on this occasion.
As we took our seats, I notice that most people were gussied up or in some sort of uniform from a science fiction film. It was then I realised that we were about to hear music from the Star Wars series of movies. All dressed in black, the band came out two by two just like the E Street Band. Would they play for three hours? I asked myself.
You may have heard of the band, they are The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Perhaps best known as one hit wonders for playing on Procol Harem’s ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale.’ I think there have been a few personnel changes since then. The music they played was written by John Williams who you may remember for writing the music for the TV show ‘Gilligan’s Island.’ Oh my, the guy certainly writes some catchy riffs, even if the overall tone is a little pretentious.
Less than 90 minutes later the show was over. All in all, it was not a bad evening out, especially as someone else paid.