This weekend at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra we are performing Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5, “The Egyptian”, with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.  During the rehearsals I’ve been captivated not only by Mr. Thibaudet’s pianistic virtuosity and elegant approach, but I confess I haven’t been able to take my eyes off the two dog tags he wears around his neck.  Today I got up the courage to ask him about them.  He was incredibly gracious, and was excited to tell me about them.   Fabricated in concrete and set with cognac diamonds of varying square cuts, these are the work of Thomas Diener of Miles McNeel Design.  You can visit his website here.  Interestingly, Thomas Diener is also a successful classically-trained performing musician, and the music playing in the background on his website is from one of his own performances!

To find out more about the MSO’s performances this weekend with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, please visit the MSO website.


  1. Hello Joana,

    So you got the answer to the beautiful ‘bling’ onstage last week! Bravo to you for asking Thibaudet. I have read your blog articles and am so impressed. The one about your parents is extremely nice. Now I know some of the artistic influences in your life that have spurred you in music and art and to do both with your own flare. I am happily rotated this week…so it is fun to catch up with you on the internet. Take care. Glenda

    • Hi Glenda,

      Not exactly my style to approach our musical “celebrities” on stage, but I was so glad I did in the end. Jean Yves Thibaudet couldn’t have been nicer or more enthusiastic about jewelry! Thanks for reading my blog and for your nice comments. I really appreciate your support and friendship!

      All best wishes and enjoy your week off!

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