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Met opens Monday night…see y’all on Twitter?

Eugene Onegin photo

Eugene Onegin opens at the Met Monday night, starring Met darlings Mariusz Kwiecien and Anna Netrebko.

A wonderful small tradition has emerged on Twitter that occurs round about the third Monday in September.

Not everyone can attend opening night in Lincoln Center or watch it in Times Square. Here’s the next best thing:

An Opening Night TwitFest.

Many opera junkies in the U.S. and across the pond listen to the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night via Live Stream while meeting up on Twitter to dish about the production, the performers.

Sounds like fun? You have no idea how much fun it is. Word! We’re talking star power, sex appeal, gossip, innuendo, admiration, infatuation–all expressed in 140 characters with the hashtag #MetOn.

The fun begins with the Met Opera interns who Tweet photos of the glitterati arriving for Opening Night. Some look better than others dressed to the nines. It’s even entertaining if they’re a bit of an eyesore.

To say that listeners are enraptured is an understatement. One Twitter listener photographed himself doing pirouhettes  and shared the pic. Retweets abound.

It took a while for the Metropolitan Opera to catch on that they should float a hashtag in advance of the event, so we could all find each other.

But they finally got their you-know-what together and eventually they started publicizing #MetOn in advance of the event and even using it themselves. Better late than never.

I’m glad there’s a dedicated hashtag so that we can easily find each other. But this is an evening not to be missed. Since we are listening only, we’ll miss all the expected directorial gaffes.

So, I hope to see you on Twitter Monday night, September 23, 6:30!  Netrebko, Kwiecien, Valery Gergiev conducting.

The Met is definitely On.

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nothing says ‘happy birthday, USA,’ like the 1812 Overture!

For more years than I can remember, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has celebrated the Fourth of July with a free concert in a city park, featuring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture performed by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, complete with cannon fire.   

We were only rained out once, about fifteen years ago, when our daughter was six-years-old. Thunder boomed, the heavens opened up, and in seconds we were drenched. Our daughter cried fiercely, frightened either by the cannonade, the thunder clap, the sudden torrential rain, or all of the above.   

Long's Park, Lancaster


My favorite part in the overture is the pealing bells (Part 2). Gives me chills every time. (Promise me, you’ll listen to both parts. Stunning rendition, truly. If you have limited time, listen to Part 2 to hear the cannonade.)   

Nothing rings more patriotic for me than this piece of classical music (pun wholly intended).    

Happy birthday, USA, land of the free and home of the brave.    

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