Last night we went to the MSO (yes, missed the game, but recorded it and kept track of scores throughout). The concert was called the Romantics, and the music was by Brahms, Schumann, Richard Strauss and Percy Grainger. Not bad, but didn't set me on fire.
The Brahms was Academic Festival Overture and very easy to listen to, especially when Gaudeamus Igitur made an appearance toward the end.
The Schumann was the Cello Concerto. Now Schumann is famous for his piano music, and this was a cello concerto with not a piano in sight. OK, but pretty dull, to be honest. The cellist was an enormously tall Norwegian called Truls Mork (with a slash through the o, but I don't know how to do that) who was earnest and sensitive, etc., etc. After the concerto he played an encore that was amazingly slow and sorrowful: not at all what encores usually are.
Then we had Strauss' Don Juan. I like Richard Strauss, but not all of his stuff. This was good, but not one of his very best.
Finally, Percy Grainger's The Warriors. This was a lot of noise, mostly enjoyable to listen to but not entirely. Percy Grainger wrote a lot of very good music, but mostly in quite small pieces. One such is Handel in the Strand, and they played that as an encore last night. It was really the highlight of the evening as far as I'm concerned.
The orchestra was in good form, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, who looks like a very amiable teddy bear and is obviously loved by the players.
The MSO has a deal going where you can see 3 concerts for $150, and the tickets are Premium or A Reserve. It's extremely good value. We're also going to Mahler's First Symphony later this month and then Beethoven's Eroica later in the year. There are more concerts to choose from than the ones we picked. If you're at all interested in the MSO it's a great deal.