Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunset and Strings

Art and music combined to create a festive evening in downtown South Pas last night. Here, the South Pasadena Strings Program youth orchestra played outside the library, entertaining all who came to see the California Art Club Plein Air exhibition and shaming me for ever ditching piano lessons as a kid. Such big music from such tiny hands!

20 comments:

Yakpate said...

Just when I thought you might be cooking up a series of macabre black & white shots... you surprise me with two heavenly scenes in a row.

This one is positively celestial, with that gorgeous cascade of light pouring into the center of the musicians, and their elongated shadows radiating as if from a star.

Do you remember what they were playing during this shot?

Petrea said...

Could this be lovelier in any way? I don't think so. What a delightful situation, setting and photograph.

Judy Williams said...

I couldn't agree with Yak or Petrea more. The glorious celestial light of those angels playing music. I really wish I had been there.

dbdubya said...

Wonderful photo, Laurie. Yak - I'm guessing they were playing "Zing Went the Strings of my Heart."

Mister Earl said...

I think they were playing a mashup of Purple Haze and In The Mood!

Laurie said...

You know, I can't recall what they were playing (um, that wine was really good...) but I do remember one of the songs was wonderfully unexpected. Like a cover of Paramore's Decode or maybe it was something from Fiddler on the Roof. (Like I said, the wine was REALLY good!)

Cafe Pasadena said...

The best places to live are where there are many children, growing up with their youthful optimism & energies. And the adults are able to feed off that & become less self-centered, Vice-versa of course with the kids learning from their aged wisdom (hopefully!).

Dixie Jane said...

I can't add anything to the words of Yak and Petrea. But what a happy picture; children playing music, shadows from a streaming light. Just delightful. Somehow, "Humeresque" comes to mind as the piece they were playing. Mister Earl, had it been, "In the Mood", people would have been dancing in the shadows.

altadenahiker said...

Oooo and ahhh. Beautiful. And I love the halos.

Natalie DeJohn said...

Such a pretty photo. It's enchanting. Nice work!

Oleg K. said...

The event looks really cool. The picture too. A little eerie though. Not that playing in the Twilight Zone is necessarily a problem.

Virginia said...

You nailed this one Sistah. Man, that's gorgeous. And a big bravo to those talented kids.
V

Judy Williams said...

I wonder if anyone recorded the music. That would be so cool to listen to, even if the quality wasn't top notch. I love live music!

Laurie said...

Thanks everyone! Until tomorrow!

Meg A said...

My daughter is in this group of amazing little musicians - ages 5-12. I think they were playing Over The Rainbow and you can hear them perform Hey Fiddle Fiddle at Carnegie Hall from last April here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gR2h1r_gG0

Laurie said...

MEG! Welcome, and thanks so much for the link! I'm off to listen to it now...

Gunn White said...

A superb shot!! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I am also a mom of one of these children. Thank you for such artistic and thoughtful photograph.

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful shot Laurie...ditto to all above!!!

Laurie said...

Thank you again, all. And welcome, Anon! Your little music maker is part of a special group! I've gotten several email messages about this image, many inquiring about the music program. Glad to send some positive coverage the way of such worthy talent.