Late July and August in Provence is the time for concerts put on usually at night under the stars. We try to go to at least one each year and it’s usually in la Roque d’Antheron, where they always have a piano festival. The performance we attended was all Ravel with a French piano player and a Russian orchestra. It didn’t start until 9:30 as I guess they like it to be dark. As I’m usually in bed by 10 or 11 PM, this seems late to me but it is nice when the temperatures drop and the sky gets dark. Also, the cigales stop their racket around then too.
Usually you can’t see the orchestra at a concert but here they are sort of milling around before it’s time to start as there isn’t a backstage. The picture is blurry because I took it quickly and wanted to take some more but was stopped by a man with a sad basset hound face. They finished the performance with Bolero which I love. Can anyone hear this without thinking of the movie 10? I can’t. Rent it if you haven’t seen it. I found it sort of funny to hear a Russian orchestra playing such a Spanish song. I’m sure there’s no difference if it’s played by a Spanish one.
Because I am in the habit of waking up early each morning, I am almost always in bed early. The concert ended after 11 PM sometime and I was thinking that I wouldn’t make it to bed until well after midnight when friends who were with us said, “How about something to drink and eat?” I told him that most everything would probably be closed but we decided to stop in Lourmarin and see if we could find a place and I was surprised to find one cafe still going. It was full of young people probably just getting started with their evening. Our table was out on the sidewalk and we had a glass of wine and some cheese and it seemed so strange to be there after midnight without the sunshine and the crowds walking by. It was a nice way to end our time out and it didn’t really matter that I didn’t make it to bed until 2 AM. Luckily, I don’t have to go to work or perform brain surgery the next day. I got up early, as is my habit, did a little half hearted run and planned a nice afternoon nap to keep me going until bedtime.