|george, bill, mahlon, jonathan|
crazy. mahlon & bill are both retiring at the end of this school year. in this, their final concert, jonathan and george allowed the two fogies (ha!) to pick out the rep for their swan song. it was pretty interesting. they came up with a list of all their favorite movements (initially 25+), whittled it down to 9, and packaged them together as two multi-movement works. the "quartets" used favorite selections from the likes of beethoven, walton, martinu, strauss, brahms, etc. i was fascinated with this concept while i listened intently. why did they pick these particular excerpts? how long have they known these pieces? do they like playing it personally, think the group plays it best, or have sentimental memories associated with these particular pieces?
that's the charm in it, right? i will never know the full story, and they might not know it entirely either. it's probably hard to convey exactly why you want to play something in particular. on top of that, how heavy is it to pick out your final tunes to play? the packed house was on emotional overload, full of wonder and joy and gratitude and sorrow and happy-for-you but sucks-for-me and sorry-i'm-being-selfish.
which tunes would i do for my last show? could i even pick? can i play all night? these guys went for two hours, so i suppose i could pack it in. some that come to mind: "alone together" with john & karl, because i love how i feel when i hear lee konitz open up on that record with charlie & brad. "mo' better blues" with crawford/nate/anton, because that tune was our anthem and it feels so damn good to play. "body & soul" with phil, because i truly identify with the lyric and phil is a magician. "harold & the purple crayon" with my 3x5 guys, because i dig the book and the way seth plays and how joel leads the phrasing in the out (plus i love those guys).
i'm so happy for apq. there was a huge turnout. people were actually seated on stage, and an overflow room accommodated others who watched the live webcast. gotta love technology. we gave enthusiastic applause after each movement, standing ovations without hesitation, and about seven curtain calls. they deserved every one of them. they earned it.
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