28 June 2010
Music at Pioneer Park
This is from Pioneer Park last Sunday afternoon, 27 June 2010. As you can see most people elected to sit way back in the shade, unless they were getting some ice cream or hamburgers. They claimed that beer and wine was available but I didn't see it.
A good crowd showed up for the Community Band at 5pm and the Symphony at 7pm. Some said there might be as many as 10,000 people in Pioneer Park but I doubt it. More like 5,000 according to my count. The Symphony people said it cost $40,000 to bring the Symphony for the concert. I guess they pay musicians better these days.
This was a young 13 year old cellist conducting the Symphony. She did well. I thought the selection and sound quality of the Community Band was at least as good as the Symphony. They have a lot of good players on the inside color parts. Even with significant amplification some portions of the Symphony concert were not received over the ambient noise. It's a concert in the park folks. That means crying babies and snores and the usual noisy atmosphere of a small city. Delicate oboe sounds tend to get lost.
Fuddrucker's burgers were very good. I finally saw some of what the "folfers" were talking about. The areas around the baskets look fairly worn but it doesn't look out of place.