Thu, Jun 14 2018 - Piedmont Park, Eastside Beltline & optional Symphony (View Original Event Details)|
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Performance in the Park was a smashing success. We gathered in the parking lot behind Park Tavern, and after coaxing the pay station to accept our one dollar bills (an exercise in patience) we set off with blankets and coolers to Oak Hill. We set up our base camp and left our belongings in the capable hands of a few volunteers. The rest of us hiked in the blazing sun through Piedmont Park and onto the Beltline. The scarce intermittent shade was a welcome relief. We appreciated the artwork along the way, especially admiring the spinning bicycles, variety of oak leaves, and reclining person made of wire (we paused under the bridge IN THE SHADE to admire this one for a moment). Joyce pointed out a Tiny Door that none of the rest of us had seen before.
Returning to base camp, we marveled at the crowd which had increased tenfold in our absence. We replenished with cold beverages and tasty snacks. We were blessed with cameo appearances from seasoned AOC members including Sue M., Clay, Elvi, Harry, Barbara, and Oscar. The crowd rose to its feet for a stunning rendition of the Star Spangled Banner to kick off the show. The ASO treated us to Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Overture to Candide, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations featuring a rocking cello lead, and so much more!
Our musical hunger sated, we got everybody back to their cars and parted ways. But the music never stops. I wonder if anyone else woke up with Candide dancing through their head? Thank you, Leonard Bernstein and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.