I just returned, on this gloomy and dreary day, from an afternoon at the Santa Barbara Symphony. It was an American program and while both Melody and I dreaded the Gershwin "American In Paris", we were looking forward to the guest musician, violinist Tai Murray. She is 25 years old and just by stepping on to the stage, she raised the energy level of the entire orchestra. The piece they played was the Barber "Violin Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14". Ms. Murray played the piece with joy and verve which left us gasping at the level of her talent and energy. Brava! We left the concert to a beautiful pink, blue, and grey sky of clearing clouds which matched our mood.
Oh, and the Gershwin was definitely a cut above the ordinary, too.