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Sa Chen with Conductor Vasily Petrenko and the San Francisco Symphony

The Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto

I flew out to San Francisco this past weekend to attend the concert for which we had purchased tickets last year. This particular concert was not part of our season subscription, and I didn’t know how the seats would be. I was on the 8th row and could see the keyboard beautifully! I was thrilled […]

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Atlanta Symphony Chorus

Great Bumper Sticker

I’m not getting old, Your music just really does suck! Boy is this statement ever the truth. Contemporary music is so ceaselessly repetitive I can barely abide it. Oh, and another bumper sticker also found on the car was for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  

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Spotify and SoundHound

I’ve recently been really getting into Spotify. They have an expansive and diverse music library that I find organized in a way that is easy to explore in understandable ways. I’ve especially enjoyed their Coffee Table Jazz playlist, as well as others.

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Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears 18 Pro Custom In-Ear Monitors

Clean sound. Clear sound. Sound that is imminently present. This is the best listening experience I’ve ever had, and I can be very picky about audio fidelity. With computer speakers and cheap in home speakers (I got rid of my audiophile speakers many years ago: too big, too heavy.) I had given in to poor, mushy, non-defined […]

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Timothy Higgins – Principal Trombone, San Francisco Symphony

Another Random Conversation

Night at the San Francisco Symphony… Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony is about an hour and fifty minutes long with no intermission. Our seats are in the middle of the row. So, I minimized liquids at dinner, went to the bathroom twice before the concert began, and remained standing until the concert master appeared. There were two […]

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Over the Hill

A Few Odds & Ends

Night at the Symphony A week ago tonight we went to the San Francisco Symphony: Till Fellner performed Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 24 in c Minor, K 491 (1786). Flawless, intricate voicing. And the symphony was at its best, with Semyon Bychkov conducting. The balance. The classical period restraint. The symbiosis. Gorgeous! I so wish […]

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