Segerstrom Hall turned out to be much larger than I had imagined it to be. It has funky, tiered red seating. A well-packed house greeted us when we came out on stage, and aside from a few sound system glitches, the concert went well! One can't help but smile when performing La Pasion; we're all having a great time up on stage -- especially because it is more than "just a gig" for all us Stanford Chamber Strings members. It was also fun to look out into the audience to see who among the traditional classical music lovers out there were able to let loose during the more upbeat parts of the piece. Also, I took a photo of the audience during the standing ovation (no flash, of course). I just couldn't resist! I hope no one noticed. :) Another concert highlight was my bloody nose. Luckily, Claire had her lucky handkerchief with her, so I didn't have to use my hands or my white shirt to wipe off the blood on my face. Again, I hope no one noticed. :)
The Philharmonic Society arranged for a nice reception for us (and for their donors and patrons), so we had a chance to relax and to socialize after the concert. At the reception, we chatted with Michael, the accordian player; we had all been wondering how his accordian made such strange and interesting sounds (the powerful, low frequency pulsing). It turns out that he worked over six months to modify his accordian to get an amplified, natural reed sound with a highly boosted bass response (frequencies roughly below 500 Hz are amplified greatly. the bass volume is pedal controlled). Osvaldo discovered the sound while working with him, and later wrote it into La Pasion.
I feel alive. I haven't felt such energy in a very long time.