Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Happy New Year

In a departure from my normal silence - a post about New Year's Eve.

Amanda Fucking Palmer lured William and Samantha and I to Symphony Hall in Boston for her gig with the Boston Pops. Plenty of other entertainment (Sxip Shirey and Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade were ones I heard) before the Pops started the first half of their performance with pieces requested by AFP fans.
  • Imperial March, from Star Wars Episode V (Williams)
  • All That Jazz, from Chicago (Kander.Ebb-Besterman)
  • It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (Ellington-Nestico)
  • Mack the Knife (Weill/Brecht-Mason)
Followed by a world premiere of a piece by Sxip Shirey called Melody for Lizzie. And then:
  • Overture from Selmasongs: Dancer in the Dark (Bj√∂rk)
The world premiere of a short film by Michael Pope commisioned by the Pops for the event. And then:
  • Suite from Carmen (Bizet)
And then Neil Gaimen's Statuesque - a short film created for televison in the UK - having its U.S. premiere.

Last, but certainly not least was Amanda. She sang quite a few songs from her repertioire but what made it memorable was the performance. Cabaret? Burlesque in parts? Entertaining throughout. The highlight for me was the first number - 'Missed Me' - as she wound through the audience coming upon various musicians who all start hidden under large cloths and then persued her with their instruments when revealed. One of those musicians was Neil Gaiman, playing the chain saw - it was that kind of a performance - memorable.

While Samantha went off to party with Michael Pope and friends and then, later, AFP and company, William and I met Valerie, Patrick Rothfuss's assistant. You may have heard of the Fabulous Lorrain or Beth of All Trades. You need to meet The Fabulous Valerie of All Trades - sweet, charming and so much fun! Clearly just what Patrick needs to become an even more efficent writing machine!

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