Sometime between 1979 and 1983, cannot remember when.
I was living in Zagreb at the time, and saw Leonard Bernstein conducting a fantastic concert in the Lisinski Hall. It included Brahms 4.
That man was sheer dynamite....
that would have been amazing ...he was a true icon. For me Classical music -- Isaac Stern an the University of Connecticut in 1975ish. Popular music Bruce Springsteen at the New Haven Coliseum August 1978...
Foreigner had a great laser show. Ike and Tina Turner put on an amazing performance.
Ozfest, all of them, about a dozen. I especially enjoyed the Dark Carnivale. Never saw so many freaks in one place.
Music gives so many beautiful moments; it is difficult to narrow it down to one occasion.
Other wonderful memories (and there are many, many more as I am not young!):
Segovia sometime in the mid-late 1970s at the Colston Hall, Bristol. I had a choir seat so was very close up to him. He was already old, missing notes and making mistakes, but the magic was still there.
Also in mid-late 1970s, watching Michael Tippet's Midsummer Marriage, a wrongfully neglected opera, at the Bristol Hippodrome. Then, the next night, singing in his Child of Our Time at the Colston Hall, only to find him present in the audience.
Late 1960s, attending 25 London Proms concerts, in which the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra featured a lot as the guest orchestra that year, conducted by Bernard Haitink. Hearing Gurrelieder (Schoenberg) and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler) sung by Heather Harper during the same series.
Itzhak Perlmann playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the Albert Hall sometime in the early 1970s.
Late 1960s: playing in a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Hitchin with the Ealing Youth Orchestra together with the North Herts Guild of Singers conducted by the inspiring John Railton, who even one-armed was a brilliant conductor and even more brilliant pianist. Shivers up and down my spine, especially during the soprano+flute solo of the Et Incarnatus Est.
The first time I saw Steeleye Span, again in the 1970s, at the Bristol Hippodrome, with Maddy Prior whirling all round the state.
Catching Nana Mouskouri on her farewell tour at the Sage in Gateshead. Lovely, lovely woman. She started off really shakily; it was almost embarassing, but as the love of the audience got to her, she became superb.
And many, many occasions when I've played/sung West Gallery music, and most recently, when I've discovered Welsh plygain carols.
Music has given me so very many magical moments!
I went to an R.E.M concert years back where due to illness they only played a couple of live acoustic tracks, before ending the gig. They rescheduled it, but to be honest the uniqueness of that first gig, in retrospect made it the best gig I've ever been to.
The Cure at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, 2000. My last outing as a goth chick at the age of 28
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