May 14, 2006

 the boulevards of cypress trees, the masquerade of birds and bees

saturday night ray and i heard the north carolina symphony perform mahler's "resurrection" symphony. it is my favorite piece of music, and i haven't seen it performed live since 1998. (and that was with the chicago symphony orchestra and chorus, conducted by zubin mehta. man, i loved those student rush tickets when i was in college!)

last night's performance was great. it's an immense symphony, featuring a huge chorus. the orchestra is huge, too, with most of the winds being doubled in numbers. it's a fun symphony to watch... there is a lot of activity as brass and percussion leave at various times to perform off-stage.

the music is fantastic and bombastic. it's tender, too, and the finale is so moving that i burst into tears. i was sobbing, shoulders shaking, for the last 5 minutes of the work.

i love having deeply-felt musical experiences like that. i also consistenly cry when i hear saint-saens "organ" symphony. in fact, i've cried while playing it at work, and have had to go on-air with a quivering voice, trying hard to sound professional.

anyway, the music was magical last night. and as ray and i were driving home, what do we see in the traffic circle? something equally beautiful. i wish i could have gotten a good nighttime photo... it was hauntingly lovely in the dark. these photos were taken first thing this morning:


i love that there are so many birds!

for the longest time i couldn't figure out what they were made of. until i saw this one.

ray thought this one was a dodo.

some of the birds contained special messages!

one was scary.

there were also several birds overhead that moved beautifully with the breeze. (150k .mov)

all of this --the music, the birds-- was lovely enough to make me forget my worries over the pool for a while.

Posted by xta at May 14, 2006 04:28 PM | TrackBack

Re: Saint-Saens -- did you see this article about the new Philadelphia Orchestra organ, with a few paragraphs about the Saint-Saens 3rd?

Posted by: Phil at May 15, 2006 02:12 AM

the flamingos are awesome!

Posted by: John Boy at May 15, 2006 11:39 AM

I love it! I think I suggested flamingos in an earlier comment?

My favorite is the one that is fying in the air. I wish the fanged flamingo had a word bubble that said "keep it in your own yard".

Posted by: Matt at May 15, 2006 12:23 PM

I wish I had a traffic circle on my street!

Posted by: Lisa B at May 15, 2006 01:35 PM

Those birds are really beautiful. I can't believe they simply made of insulation. You have some really creative people in your neighborhood!

Posted by: lainey at May 15, 2006 02:23 PM

Wow. To come up with that and execute so adeptly is inspiring! I love the flamingos!

Posted by: Becky at May 15, 2006 04:19 PM

I think I want to get "I AM NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT" tattooed on my ass.


Posted by: Gidge at May 15, 2006 11:52 PM

I love your pictures of the flamingos... you really have a knack for photographing the traffic circle to maximize it's visual impact.

I drove by the other day and all of the flamingos that had been standing on the ground were gone. Does anyone know if the artists removed them or if other people did?

Posted by: marie at May 16, 2006 05:16 PM

Hey, you finally got my house in a picture! Woo-hoo! ;)

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas at May 16, 2006 05:16 PM
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