Proving that you don’t have to live by your own words (Take a Kid to the Orchestra), TAFTO contributor Lisa Hirsch decided to take her mother, Naomi Hirsch, to a concert. So here’s Naomi’s take,
My daughter took me to the San Francisco Symphony Richard Strauss concert on Friday evening, May 20. Both orchestral selections were well known to me, so I was free to keep an eye on the musicians. I greatly enjoyed watching them play. I had forgotten to request a hearing device when we entered, but Richard Strauss’s scores are quite audible even to the hearing-impaired. [Editor’s note: What an absolutely wonderful way to say that!] “Don Juan” and “Also sprach Zarathustra” were quite wonderful.
The songs rendered by Laura Claycomb were not as pleasurable to me. Perhaps my own hearing loss caused such distortion that they could not be fairly judged. I shall listen very carefully, should I have the chance to hear her again. As for now, I reserve the right to hear her again before expressing an opinion.
– Naomi Hirsch
Now, if you’re wondering what Naomi’s daughter, the critic, officially thought of the same performance, you can find out here. However, what’s important to understand is that each individual will have their own very distinct opinion about how any given concert touched them.