The Ray Chen Fan Club

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Last night, Bitty and I had the pleasure of joining my longtime friend (and old college roommate) at the Hollywood Bowl to see 24-year-old violin wunderkind Ray Chen. Chen is dating my friend’s daughter, so we were like groupies at the Ed Sullivan show viewing The Beatles.

The Hollywood Bowl marquee

The Hollywood Bowl marquee

Aging Gal and her college roomie

Aging Gal and her college roomie

All the family, aka Cheering Squad

All the family, aka Cheering Squad

Ray with the Hollywood Bowl orchestra

Ray with the Hollywood Bowl orchestra

I’m told that Ray, who gets very animated when he plays, thinks of a “story” or background behind the music…

Ray on the Bowl's big screen

Ray on the Bowl’s big screen

And then... we got to go backstage

And then… we got to go backstage

Ray is playing a 311 year old Stradivarius violin…

Ray was nice enough to even give us a personal show in his dressing room

Ray was nice enough to even give us a personal show in his dressing room

Next, Ray is headed to Berlin…

We love you, Ray! Yeah, yeah, yeah!

People Who Need People

People. People who need people.

Quick: Who does that lyric make you think of? If you didn’t say Barbra Streisand, then you are disowned.

And who did Bitty and I go see last night in honor of Bitty’s birthday? You got it: Babs.

At the Hollywood Bowl.

Two legends indeed.

Little did I know when I mortgaged the house to buy these tickets that seeing Streisand in concert was on Bitty’s bucket list. Cross that one off the list. Done. And, oh, so totally worth it.

For video taken from my seat dead center in the middle of the Hollywood Bowl, check these out. First up, her tribute to the legendary Marvin Hamlisch:

Babs singing Rose’s Turn from Gypsy mashed with Don’t Rain on My Parade:

People…

And, finally, with her sister (and her mom) singing Happy Days…

Priceless.