And what Botti relishes most is sharing the spotlight, having musical conversations with his players, sparking off drummer Lee Pearson, violinist Caroline Campbell or pianist Elgar Djangirov.
In doing so, the 2½-hour concert went every which way, starting sentimental, slow and gentle, with “Gabriel’s Oboe” and “Theme from ’Cinema Paradiso” and then moving forward into a massive explosion with “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” Botti introduced it as a jazz standard, but promised Pearson, who he treated to a big beer cup full of red wine, would soon “drive it over a cliff.” Which the smiling drummer did, shedding his jacket, flinging his sticks into the crowd, performing like a syncopated octopus and drawing a standing O.
We're all musicians and we play that instrument."So Micarelli tackled that knotty subject and many more during an animated phone conversation in late March from her home in Los Angeles, where she was taking a few days off before returning to New Orleans to resume Episode 8 in this 11-episode Season 2.
She was the fresh-faced rookie on a team of veterans who joined the superb ensemble cast in the gripping series that blends music with mayhem while capturing post-Katrina New Orleanians in survival mode.
Fiction: Some of Annie's plot lines may be ripped from the headlines, yet they don't turn into the gory story many locals have heard.
Classical music is always a really great way for me to get my chops to where I want them to be."Whatever direction she takes, Micarelli knows her parents, Frank and Seon Ju, will be watching.
Fiction: A star on the rise in her musical universe, Annie still needs a ton of encouragement.Her rehabilitation was successful, and she was soon playing again, as the numbness in three of her fingers slowly subsided.Watching anyone as endearing as Micarelli play someone as embraceable as Annie, who first lights up the screen 10 minutes into Season 1/Episode 2, it's almost impossible to see or hear one without thinking about the other.(After the show, they got to meet him and take photos.) It was a night of spirited music, racing across multiple genres, and witty chat.Botti once again called the Melody Tent “one of our favorite venues in the world to play,” and, while veteran concertgoers may smile and hear that compliment as business-as-usual baloney, I get the sense Botti means it, digging the intimacy this theater-in-the-round experience gives.