Gumboots and Ensemble ACJW

N and I had the chance last week to see Ensemble ACJW.  One of the pieces they performed was Gumboots by David Bruce (embedded below), which floored both of us.  I had never seen a bass clarinet before, and N declared it "the most awesome instrument."  We also had the chance to see one of the violinists' strings break, with a graceful recovery; the cellist said, "There are times to break a string.  This was not one of them."  It just meant we got to hear the movement over again: "There's no way to start in the middle of that movement.  For those of you who couldn't wait for it to be over, oh well."  The whole performance was fantastic.

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