A magnificent performance of epoch depth, resonance and intensity. When the work came to its stunning conclusion, the enraptured audience went absolutely crazy with frenzied enthusiasm for what we had just experienced. The cellist stood and immediately walked over to conductor Charles Dutoit, who was standing on the podium facing Gautier acknowledging the soloist’s uproarious […]
I had barely landed at SFO when I was once again reminded of some of the many reasons I love this little spot on earth, which I fondly refer to as the birthplace of my soul. Love this place. Just love it.
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 […]
This year was the 160th birthday of the Point Bonita Lighthouse that provides safe passage into the San Francisco bay. I loved volunteering as a docent there at the lighthouse for 3 years! (Yes, even with GPS and other navigational devices, the ship captains rely on the lighthouses which always just work! Those tried and […]
I know a lot of people in the southeast that want to keep things just the way they are, thank you very much. But I will opt for the rush of the risk of change every time, and that, my friends, is what drives the fire of my liberalism. I want, no, I need things […]
I think everyone in symphony hall literally stopped breathing as this performance came to an end. Denève held the hall in complete silence for at least a minute as the last sound faded from this earth. I was slane.
A few months back I seemed to encounter a number of experiences advocating adding bacon to everything. Since most of this was online, I thought it was some sort of ridiculous meme. Then today, in the grocery store, I saw Mo’s Milk Bar…
Last Saturday night the San Francisco Symphony performed an evening of music composed by the Bach Family: Johann Sebastian and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel. As always, the performance was spectacular, featuring two principal players, and J. S. Bach’s music always feeds my soul. But I want to highlight a few specific things about the […]
I have vivid memories of the first barber shop I visited as a very young child—a tiny place, only 5 or 6 chrome plated chairs with little padded arm rests for men to wait their turn. Unlike the picture, the seat and back were black. The shop only had room for 2 barbers. As a […]
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 […]