Monday, July 14, 2008

Saturday Night,

we attended the last concert of the opening ceremonies week of Flagey. The Brussels Philharmonic played Antonin Dvorak-symphony of New World. Some of the people were pretending they were the conductors in the audience-it was funny to watch.

At the end everyone gave a standing ovation. The conductor came out bowed went back stage then came out again. We all thought he was going to give an encore but he bowed again and left. Everyone including the musicians were stunned, just like that it was done. The program stated that it would be a 1 ½ but it was barely an hour. With an ego or shall I say stunt like that I don’t think I would pay money to go see them.

On our way home we saw the nice lady that hosted the concert in her house. Joe was totally confused who this lady was that was talking to me in French. I clued him in half way into the conversation. Then we walked home to thaw out…it was a chilly evening and didn’t put a sweater on Foxy who was shaking and sleeping though the whole concert. Click here for the animoto.


Fran├žoise said...

Fun to see the finished Place Flagey! Perhaps the conductor wasn't feeling well?

IN August, I'll be staying in Ixelles with my friend Christiane with whom I share a 50-year plus friendship. Yes, I know, even the two of us can't believe we are that old!!
Long ago I had hoped to meet Kate, of course. Now I wonder whether I might meet you?

Jill, Joe & Foxy said...
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Anonymous said...

Hi Jill,
We were at the Flagey concert, and disappointed that there wasn't an encore - even after the conductor returned twice. My husband figured that the woman who came out to whisper something to the conductor might have been the musicians' union rep, and was telling him that their contract and the program stated 21:00 to 21:45, and they were outta there!

I love the new benches and hope the graffiti artists are kept at bay.

Jill, Joe & Foxy said...

Thanks for the infomation about the contract...The time on the flyer I have as the times as 21:00-22:30 that is why I was so confused.