may the (viola) force be with you

This snippet of video is from the Berlin Philharmonic’s annual outdoor concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne at the end of June, 2015. They’re playing the always awesome Main Title from Star Wars by John Williams. A couple of things to notice: the violist at the back appears to be using a highly unusual bow (it truly could saw the viola in half if one wasn’t careful!), and French hornist Sarah Willis appears to have done a loose Princess Leia side bun. Love those Berliners!

wonderful strauss

Want to hear something great? Take a listen to the newly appointed 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Noah Bendix-Balgley, currently concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Newspaper article.

R.I.P. Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)