14. March 2007 · Comments Off on And People Complain? · Categories: imported, News

The Met is selling $100,000 boxes for its opening-night presentation of “Lucia di Lammermoor” with soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Marcello Giordani, the company said Tuesday.

For that price, the buyer gets an eight-seat box on the parterre level, eight tickets for the pre-opera cocktail reception and eight places at the post-opera black-tie dinner with the performers.

That comes to $12,500 a seat, more than double last year’s opening-night high of $5,000. The Met has had $10,000 seats for some prior gala performances.

Of the $100,000 ticket price, $95,840 is tax deductible.

Read all about it.

First of all, you’re getting a tax deduction. Geesh! Secondly, you’ll probably get to wear your best clothes, you know? You might even buy a new pair of shoes. And a dress. Or tie. And finally … you get to tell all your friends you bought this really expensive box!

But no box for me: I don’t earn close to that amount of money in an entire year.

I guess I’ll be staying home. But maybe I’ll pull out a large cardboard box, sit in it, and watch a DVD of an opera.

It could happen.

Or not. I see I have a job on April 3 anyway. So never mind.

14. March 2007 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific.

-Aaron Copland

(Thanks to Robert Gable of aworks.)

So I realize I tend to take things wrong. If someone says, “I really like what you’re wearing,” I hear, “You usually look awful.” If someone says, “Great solo!” I hear, “It’s about time.”

So maybe I’m the only one who struggles with this picture.

But no … Dan saw it too, so it’s not just me. (For once!) Whew!

It just looks as if the conductor is flipping someone off. The facial expression doesn’t help.

But I’m troubled, and I see things that aren’t there sometimes. I can be a bit nuts. We all know that. 😉

Later today I have two Symphony Silicon Valley rehearsals for this weekends concerts, an two days of Kiddie Concerts. A bit of Ravel and a lot of Copland. And Kodaly too, but that doesn’t count since I don’t play that work.