San Diego Reader
Garrett Harris
August 16, 2019

I’m sure you remember the old “interrupting cow” knock-knock joke. Interrupting cow wh—? MOOOO!

That joke was on my mind during Miró Quartet’s all Beethoven concert on Saturday, August 11, at the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest.

I should probably explain. During the Beethoven String Quartet Op. 135, cellist Joshua Gindele became “the interrupting cello.” The joke was created by Beethoven and expertly told by Gindele.

Within the context of the music the clearly cello interrupts the line of the other instruments and goes in another direction. Gindele pulled this musical phrase off with an attack for the ages as a sly grin crept across his face, emphasizing the comedic quality of Beethoven’s music.

It might not sound like much but it is a moment I will never forget. Not only was it an insightful moment into the personality of Beethoven’s music, it was entertaining. That’s one word we could use more of in the concert hall.

It is instances such as this which make attending concerts a rich and rewarding activity.