Art & music
Today we cleaed up the leftovers—in more ways than one—from Thanksgiving dinner, then we relaxed for the rest of the day. Around sunset we drove up to the Cleveland Museum of Art to see the current show of turn of the century bling: Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique.
It's a great show if you like excess—a big selection of baubles and showpieces of people who had lots of money and power and weren't ashamed to show it. Much of it was lovely, especially the Tiffany and Lalique glass, but I thought that the solid silver dressing table was a bit over the top.
After seeing our fill of incredibly ornate gem-encrusted jewelry we walked across the street to Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. The concert hall, with ornate silver-leaf patterns adorning the walls and ceiling, makes you feel that you're inside of a piece of jewelry. It's a great setting to enjoy an orchestra performance.
Of the concert halls we've been in recently, I'd take Severance over Amsterdam's Concertgebeouw, and it would be a tossup with Frank Gehry's Disney Hall in Los Angeles. The sound and view from the seats we had in Disney Hall were superior because we were literally looking down on the performers from seats on the side of the stage.
Disney Hall's interior is bold and modern compared to the ornate and dramatic Severance Hall. Both wonderful in their own way.
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