My good friend Larry Rench semi-stole my thunder on this post on the Facebook. But no regrets or apologies are needed. Because, his post merely re-enforces what I have been saying for all these years:
At the Hollywood Bowl’s Live Performance of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” The actual 1982 movie performed on-screen by the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. Scored by John Williams. On the BIG screen, under the sky. With the stars. And, the occasional helicopter.
The orchestra warms up, then out comes the concertmaster (concertmistress, actually, because she’s a woman) under her own spotlight.
Julianna (she’s 11): Who is that?
Me: She’s called the “Concertmaster.” She’s the Number One Violinist.
J: Is she the Best in the World?
Me: Think smaller.
Isabella (she’s 8): In the Universe?
Me: Maybe…..: Daa Deee… Dadadada DaDeeeeee….