last weekend at the Prairie, as they do on several weekends late in the program season. Instead, we got to see Time for Three, a trio of young musicians from the Symphony.
I was completely blown away!
At a previous Symphony on the Prairie performance, I'd been a bit disappointed in the show, because I felt the Symphony was too far in the background of the guest performer. Brandi Carlisle was great, and I enjoyed her music, but I realized that I wanted to see the Symphony featuring Brandi Carlisle, rather than Brandi Carlisle with some backup provided by the Symphony.
So my expectations weren't the highest for this trio last weekend, but I still wanted to go and hang out with my friends. When these guys took the stage -- two violinists, one of whom is Zach De Pue, ISO Concertmaster, and a double-bassist -- they had me hooked during their very first song. Their laid-back, casual approach was refreshing.
I wasn't the only one who was impressed, either: As the night progressed, the crowd of people sitting on the ground near the stage (rather than farther back in their lawn chairs) exponentially increased in size, and the thrilled cheers after each number increased in volume by just as much.
They gained a new fan in me after that show! I downloaded their latest album on iTunes the next morning and listened to it from start to finish at least a half-dozen times over the weekend. I'll look forward to seeing these guys again!
Camera: Canon 40D with 70-300mm IS lens, 1/125s, f/5.6 at ISO 640 and 300mm at about 8:30 p.m.