I had a wonderful time performing Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” this past weekend with the Florida Orchestra, on the opening concerts of their 2012-13 season. They’re a terrific group of musicians, and I was thrilled to be able to play the Bernstein with them three times, in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Conductor Stuart Malina did a magnificent job, and the whole group played with gusto, emotional commitment and great energy. We got a lovely review in the Tampa Bay Times too, which I’ve attached below.
The fondest memento of those concerts, one that I shall always treasure, is this caricature of myself playing the “Masque” movement of the Bernstein, essayed in superb style by violinist Oleg Geyer, longtime member of the orchestra. He seems to have captured my own manic style inimitably, down to the bouncing on the piano bench which occurs as one zips through the honky-tonk barroom section of the piece. I particularly like the way that my hands look as big as my head.
Playing “The Age of Anxiety” was indeed a workout! of the musical kind — the best there is.