Of Cabbages and Kings: Astoria Music Festival has a boffo opening

Of Cabbages and Kings

The conceit of our age is that technology supplants human interaction. Who needs conversation or face-to-face contact when we can e-mail, text and Twitter? Who needs live music performance when we can listen to a CD with flawless reproduction at home or on the road?

I don't buy into those beliefs, but I will admit that I learned something essential last Friday night at the Liberty Theater. Seeing Thomas Lauderdale and the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra perform George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was a revelation.