QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Mar 31 2009, 02:51 PM)
I love pecussion, but have never had the opportunity to play. They are fascinating to watch, particularly say in in 'Rite Of Spring' or in Shost. symphonies. But the highlights for me are that I have heard MacMillans percussion concerto 'Veni Veni Emmanuel' twice live . In each case by Evelyn Glennie
. The first one was at the Festival Hall, then not long after I heard it I was in Singapore for a business trip and she performed it there as well . (This was a few years ago before the new splendid Concert Hall was opened. it would have been better than in the old Victoria Hall).
I also have heard that piece 'Roadworks', can't remember who its by though.
A highlight I remember was Ray Gelato's swing band a few years ago! RG handed over to a drummer for a solo at one point and he ended up playing for 10 minutes. Normally a 10 minute drum solo wouldn't hold the audience's attention for that long, but he was brilliant. I can't remember if he got a standing ovation at the end but he certainly got huge applause. It was sheer magic, absolutely breathtaking. I wish I'd known his name to look out for him on other occasions.