In my teens, I used to usher at the Bowl
Fancy that ! When I was a teenager, I also ushered at the Hollywood Bowl, so that I could listen to live classical music for free !
We are much more alike than you think, Sandune. Doesn't it just drive you crazy? · · ·
Once I was especially looking forward to hearing Igor Stravinsky himself conduct the Firebird Suite. It was, and is, one of my favorite pieces of modern music---in it, I hear the whole sweep of human history from earliest times to its yet unaccomplished transcendence and transfiguration.
Imagine my disappointment when Stravinsky gave a remarkably poor and uninspiring performance of his great work !
It just goes to show that a composer is not necessarily the best performer of his own work---nor a poet the best interpreter and reader of his own poetry !