My dad doesn’t talk very much, but this weekend he could not shut up about this piece!
This weekend we went to the Pasadena Symphony again. And although we got to hear beautifully conducted renditions of Dvořák’s Czech Suite and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” by Jorge Mester, nothing compared to Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez by this week’s soloist Celino Romero, which my dad giddily nudged and whispered to me beforehand as “The Main Event.” This beautiful Concierto combines both guitar and orchestra that reminded me of Kill Bill in a Spaniard-kind-of-way (no cholo). I got goosebumps. First time I saw my dad give an immediate standing ovation!
Here’s a clip from the second movement of the piece, or what dad dubbed “The Best Part”.