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San Francisco Symphony

By Comparison: SFS/ASO

I suppose we become spoiled bit by bit, without really being aware of the process. When we repeatedly experience something marvelous, and are even acutely aware of how extraordinary the experiences are, we still seem somewhat unaware that our expectations for this new, higher level of perfection are also growing. I recently had this expectation […]

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Wayne Rogers: Trapper John MASH 1972

Wayne Rogers, RIP

2016 has already proved to be a sad year of loss as, early on, the giftedness of so many actors and musicians I grew up with have died: Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane, Glenn Frey of the Eagles, and David Bowie. I want to honor the memory of another with this post: Wayne Rogers. I first came […]

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Natalie Cole 2007

Natalie Cole, RIP

My spine tingled when I heard Natalie Cole sing that unforgettable duet with her father at Chastain Park. She projected a genuine, kind and dignified stage presence and gave a wonderful concert. Her music is among my favorites, certainly in the top 20 of my play count. Cole released her best-selling album with 1991’s Unforgettable… with Love on […]

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Emanuel Ax

San Francisco Symphony

This past Saturday we were off to the San Francisco Symphony! This was my first ride on the Muni: the J line to Vann Ness and Market, which is a block south of Davies Symphony Hall. We ate at Il Borgo, one of our favorite pre-symphony eateries. The walk, however, was a little less than […]

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Building with a view

Back from San Francisco

Yes, we bought a little place back in San Francisco, and I spent this past week setting it up—well, mostly. The special-order furniture has yet to arrive, but the basics are now in place. I’m always amazed at how much time is required to set up even the smallest apartment, especially when you don’t know the […]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Ravaged by the French

This past weekend we went back to San Francisco for a concert by the San Francisco Symphony, a gift from the French: music from Bizet’s Carmen Suites (1874), Ravel’s 1930 Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet playing), and Saint-Saëns’ 1886 Symphony No. 3, Opus 78, the Organ Symphony (Jonathan Dimmock […]

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