At the beginning of the month, we headed out to San Francisco for a symphony concert (March 4th). I was especially looking forward to this concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. I didn’t know that he would be presented with a recognition from the symphony: This was his 1,500th program at the symphony. His first was in 1974!
Additionally, I needed to get out of the Atlanta tree pollen, which was early and out of control. I also was looking forward to the program:
- Gnesin’s The Jewish Orchestra at the Ball of Nothingtown
- I was unfamiliar with this hors d’oeuvres and loved it!
- Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1
- featuring one of my favorite cellists: Gautier Capuçon
- Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
- One of my favorite works of art in all of the world
Yes. Stunning. As always. A gift of beauty for which words fail.
The Pathétique was recorded during the concert as part of the Symphony’s ongoing contribution to their recorded collection. MTT asked that the audience be especially silent. Of course, I had a coughing seizure near the very beginning of the symphony but was able to step out of our box and into the soundproof hallway before the Bust part of our San Francisco or Bust trip.
We spent Saturday, during the day, hiking around the Headlands and went into areas/trails we had never been: terrifyingly close to falling-to-your-death edges that messed with my sense of vertigo in very disturbing ways!
The whole area is tremendously green, and the plants are exploding in happiness as a result. Steve had to return to Atlanta, but I remained for several more days and got to enjoy my favorite Greek recipe: the salmon kalamata at the Dipsea Café.
A few pictures from our adventures…