|Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo,|
a.k.a. the Snail
|And then there's the Disneyland|
feel of the gondolas in the
small canals, all ganged up for
a shared intimate experience...
This evening, though, I'm splurging: a ten-minute walk to La Fenice for the symphony, conducted by Jeffrey Tate: Schubert's "Unfinished" and the 3rd symphony, Op. 63, of one Alfredo Casella (Italian, 1883–1947). That was one thing we did when we were here before, attend a chamber music concert at La Fenice, and we were so tickled at the end to be able to simply walk out the door and back to the hotel! No cars to hassle with! So civilized.
I did not know until the other day that the theater suffered a major fire in 1996 (its third in its 250-plus-year history, making its name, "the phoenix," especially apropos). So this will not be the same theater I sat in that last time. But I'm sure I'll still enjoy the experience. I don't expect there to be gaggles of schoolkids in attendance.