I just saved 250 bucks. Maybe more. Definitely more, if you figure in that I got paid to sit closer than the most expensive seats ($250 a pop) to that stupendous talent named Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr., aka Harry Connick Jr.
I got a call in the late afternoon yesterday asking if I would be a last-minute replacement in the horn section of the Cedar Rapids Symphony a couple hours hence. I leapt at the chance. This was no ordinary concert.
The occasion was the gala (re)opening of the Paramount Theater, which had finally been rebuilt (thank you FEMA!) after the devastating floods of 2008 put the entire downtown under ten (or more) feet of water. The old theater was indeed grand:
– a superb example of “a 1920’s movie/vaudeville palace”.
But the new hall just takes your breath away – clearly every inch from top to bottom has been redone. You just have to think: this has to be the most stunning hall west of the Mississippi.
The work it took to renovate boggles minds. Imagine the Sistine Chapel-like scaffolding it took to apply detail to that oh-so-high ceiling…