I had never heard of the Salle Pleyel until Sion mentioned it yesterday. Out of curiosity, I popped over to their web site. I learned that it’s a modern auditorium that was once the most celebrated concert location in Paris. Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong and Jorge Bolet have all played there. I saw that the Paris Orchestra was performing tonight. I knew I’d be working nearby on the Champs-Élysées today. And that I could get a ticket for a measly 10 euro. With no plans on the agenda, I decided to add a little culcha to my Wednesday night.
I missed out on the 10 euro tickets, which ended up being a good thing. The next tier (22 euro) included seating behind the stage.
How often do you get to watch a conductor (Christoph von Dohnányi) at work, instead of just watching his backside shake?