Maracas in the rain, now that is something beautiful.
If, as one has to believe, there are scant opportunities in a lifetime to experience world-class maraca playing in a thunderstorm, one of them came Saturday night on a mountainside outside of Park City, the pelting rain and the dancing seeds of the instrument moving apace to accompany legendary Cuban trumpet virtuoso Arturo Sandoval.
Backed by the Utah Symphony as part of the 10th annual Deer Valley Music Festival, the 63-year-old Sandoval was electric, ranging through his personal compositions to fiery renditions of Dizzy Gillespie tunes. Near the end of the show was a tour de force take on Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia," with full orchestra backing. It was where the two artists most directly converged, however, that the night took its sweetest, sincerest tune.