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.