Saturday, July 24, 2010

Zappa & Glass at BSO with Marin Alsop

The BSO gave a phenomenal performance last night at  Meyerhoff Hall of Baltimore’s native sons Frank Zappa and Philip Glass music.

Marin Alsop continues to be a breath of fresh air in the staid classical music community by “breaking the rules” and generally embracing the present and the future.

The BSO under Alsop’s able hand performed the admittedly tricky and complex notes of Mr. Zappa with great alacrity and aplomb.

I was so thrilled to hear one of my favorite Zappa compositions, Outrage at Valdez, in a live performance. The eerie present day relevance (i.e. Gulf Oil Spill) as Ms. Alsop pointed out made the performance even more poignant. The BSO perfectly captured the mystery and mourning that makes this piece so moving.

Ms. Alsop and the BSO should be given 10 stars for presenting such an ambitious evening of music. Hopefully this will be repeated in the future?

Update: The Baltimore Sun gives an enthusiastic review here.