MAN OF LA MANCHA AT HERBERGER THEATER

MAN OF LA MANCHA AT HERBERGER THEATER

Elizabeth and I attended last night a wonderful performance of “Man of La Mancha” musical at the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix.

This is new production of the Tony Award-winning musical about dreaming the impossible dream. This show included flamenco performances which took us back to our visit to Granada last year, when we attended two outstanding flamenco shows, including one by a Gypsy group in their cave.

The musical originally opened on Broadway in 1965 and was made into a movie in 1972, starring Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren. Here’s a clip from their interpretation of the musical’s famous number – the “Impossible Dream.”

Man of La Mancha Movie CLIP – Don Quixote’s Impossible Dream (1972) – Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren –

A night at the Phoenix symphony – Jan 13, 2018

BRAHMS SYMPHONY #1 AND HUGE SWINGING GLASS MIRROR

Last night, Elizabeth and I attended a concert by the Phoenix Symphony which featured Brahm’s Symphony #1. Before that, the first part of the program included the Adagio from Mahler’s Symphony #10 and the entire Leonard Bernstein “Jeremiah” symphony.

It was a good concert except for the latter (Bernstein) piece which grated on my ears and almost put Elizabeth to sleep.

During the intermission, we noticed a huge swinging magnifying glass mirror in the adjoining Phoenix Convention Center hallway. Which worked actually as a minimizing mirror in this case (see the tiny dot which was the 6′ ft me taking a picture of it with a flash).

The mirror was apparently a work of art. The message inside the mirror: ART IS A GUARANTY OF SANITY.

Now, that’s a sobering thought that needs some contemplation, especially considering Van Gogh, who cut off his ear and later painted it in a “self-portrait with bandaged ear.” 🙂

No kidding. This man, who is considered an artistic genius, did that in 1888.

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