Last night we went to see/hear Beethoven's 8th and 9th Symphonies performed by the WA Symphony Orchestra (WASO) and the WASO Choir, at the Perth Concert Hall. (Actually, we went to hear the 9th, but were prepared to take the job lot ...)
We had dinner beforehand at a Nice Restaurant, where the ManChild picked the olives out of the garlic bread, but otherwise behaved perfectly.
The music was magnificent. In fact, it was DAMN fine. Double in-fact: the 9th got a standing ovation.
I've only once been at the Concert Hall in the past when there was a standing ovation, and that was the first time I ever heard the 9th performed live, with the Wiener Singverein, in around 1990. My friend Helen and I had tickets from someone/somewhere, and we sat in the boxes, almost on top of the double basses. So of course, when that theme was introduced in the fourth movement, we not only heard it, but felt it vibrating up through the floor.
The performance was later panned by the music critic of the West Australian newspaper, which triggered a very cranky response from people asking whether the music critic had even been there that night.
I don't think that will happen this time, though.