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Today I went to a beautiful concert held by the Alhambra Symphony Orchestra. This is an orchestra formed by musicians who volunteer their time to offer free concerts for the community in the city of Coconut Grove.

The menu was as follows:


Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila. Always a great way to start the night and to keep you wanting more.


-Elgar’s “Nimrod” from “Enigma Variations”. Fresh, melodic, easy on the ears. Lovely.

-Holst’s “Mars” from “The Planets. The right amount of pepper to wake up a little after Elgar. Great.

-Williams’ "Fantasia on Greensleeves. The olive oil. Rich and yummy and perfect to better digest this first part of the concert. Love those folk tunes.

Main Course

The steak of the night was Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto # 3. It’s not news that I’m a huge fan of Rachmaninoff music, him being my favorite composer among the triumvirate of Russian émigrés-(Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stravinsky). The honors on the instrument were given by pianist Mia Vassiliev , a lovely, beautiful tiny girl who set that piano ON FIRE. I was really amazed to see how this small creature was able to attack the Rach 3 with such strength and force. Wonderful!

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