“Fourth of July Pops was outstanding--brought me to tears--my favorite attraction in San Diego”
We attended the San Diego Symphony Pops performance on July 3, for which the theme was, of course, the fourth of July. Marvin Hamlisch had was supposed to conduct, but he was sick with pneumonia, so Matthew Garbutt stepped in as conductor. I won't lie--I was quite disappointed that Marvin wouldn't be conducting, but I must say that my disappointment disappeared the very moment the symphony started playing. The music was so very beautiful that I was brought to tears, and I was relieved to see that I wasn't the only one. Lakisha and David Hernandez performed beautifully, and I loved the mix of songs. Not really what I was expecting, along with the standard patriotic tunes. The young man who performed the Hamlisch song was so sweet sounding, so clear that even the conductor was crying. Speaking of whom, I loved that guy! Garbutt's energy and personality was absolutely endearing. My husband and I shared a bottle of wine, and I had a great little cheese platter. It was pricey but perfect. My husband had trouble in the concessions line, but I did not. The porta-potty monitors were a hoot. They got us in and out of there in time for the second half of the show with militant efficiency. I loved the show and I was sad when it was over. The fireworks display at the end of the show was great, and it literally ended with a bang. I'd do it over and over and over again. My favorite thing on our trip to San Diego.
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