Because our anniversary is so close to Christmas...we decided to celebrate it early. We went to Beethoven's Vienna downtown at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. We had a great time. Our sweet babysitter took our picture before we left. Our children love her so much they hardly took time to kiss us goodbye! HA!
The concert was in the ballroom...and all the chairs were at the same level. So, anyone who knows me knows, I couldn't see a thing. That was okay...the music was still beautiful. Apollo's Voice, a professional chamber chorus, sang excerpts from Mass in C Major and Fanstasia in C Minor. Markus Groh was the guest pianist and he was marvelous---Didn't seem to miss a note! I loved the conductor, Maestro Raymond Leppard. He came in and gave a rather rambling, yet endearing, commentary on the history of this Beethoven Christmas music. Carolina Castells sang Ah, Perfido. The music was very odd...the translation said a lot about deserved pity, etc. Her dress was quite low---making me wish the opera singers would curtsy and not bow! HA! I guess my favorite part was the Mass. Here are excerpts of what they sang in Latin.
Kyrie Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Benedictus Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Agnus Dei Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Grant us peace.
So, Darren continues to reign as the Date Night Guru!