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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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SFS Principal Violist

San Francisco Symphony, Elgar, Moussorgsky

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 […]

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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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Pt. Bonita 160th Birthday; photo: Al Greening

Happy Birthday Point Bonita Lighthouse

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 […]

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