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.