Sunday, February 26, 2006

Watch Out Sir Simon

I was expecting a quite Saturday... grocery shopping, cleaning and writing my article. I was doing a pretty good job checking things off my list when Matthias called. A friend from college was in town for the weekend and Matthias had planned an full itinerary of activities, including a tour of the Berlin Philharmonic. I should join them for the tour, he said, "it will clear your mind and allow you to work on your article later." How could I refuse!? So off to the Philharmonic I went.

To me, the building is somewhat of a yellow monstrosity from the outside. But the tour guide explained how the architect created a very organic looking building that was inspired by seeing ships come in and out of the harbor near his childhood home. Though still not my personal style, I am now able to appreciate the building a LOT more knowing the stories behind the building's details.

The tour took us inside the main performance hall, and that... is where it happened! After another very interesting lecture, this time about the quality of sound the hall produces, we were encouraged to walk around the hall and see the stage from many different angles because the stage is in the center. I enjoyed looking around, but where was Matthias, I wondered? He's not ahead of me, he's not coming up the stairs... Oh no, Herr Schlecker was on the stage, standing where Sir Simon Rattle normally conducts the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic. And Matthias was not standing there just to see the stage up-close... he was pretending to conduct the orchestra! Most fortunately, Matthias' friend Patrick took a picture. Really, my story can end here, because the picture is worth a 1000 words!

We had not been told that such things were not allowed, its just that most people wouldn't have even thought to do such a thing. Only Matthias:-)


At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Patrick said...

That's Matthias. I said to him jokingly: Why not have a try youself up on the stage, pretending to be Sir Simon? And off he went, not thinking of any potential consequence his behavior might cause: angry words, arrest or the offer of being Simon's successor. The latter might be something for Matthias. He already looks quite professional. He merely needs to learn how to dress properly ;-)

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Just imagine how boring our lives would be without Matthias. I think he needs a t-shirt that says something like "the spice of life" on it! Nice meeting you Patrick:-)

At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that he had the balls to that, especially when there were members of the Berlin Phil rehersing on stage! But, it did make for a memorable photo opp :) AB

At 3:58 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Well the musicians may or may not have been Berlin Phil members, I'm not sure who was performing that night. In anycase there were muscians on stage, but no one seemed to mind:-) Maybe you will meet Matthias in May.


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