I learned about this weekend's concert not from my mother, who plays in the orchestra, but from Google Alerts. I received a link to a story in the Daily American, the paper of record for Somerset, PA. This weekend's JSO concert features the winner of their annual concerto competition, and this year it's a young tubist named Justin Beish, a student at Indiana University of PA. He's performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto, which was premiered by my grandfather in London in 1954. The article set off the Google alert because it mentions my grandfather and that his grandchildren (me and my brother, natch) grew up in Johnstown, PA. I talked to my mom the other night about the concert and she said the piece is difficult but fun to play. I wish I could be there to hear it. I've actually never heard it performed live.
So if anyone reading this blog is within driving distance of Johnstown, PA, check out the concert tomorrow night. Because there's not much else to do on a Saturday night in that part of the state.