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 of excellence clearly defined for… Continue reading

San Francisco Symphony

This has been an eventful year here in San Francisco: the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and the amazing fireworks display that celebrated the event (my photos and post here), and the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Symphony! When the Stoid was visiting, we happened upon a tour of Davies Symphony Hall, the Opera House, and the… Continue reading

Evening at the Symphony

Last night we attended The San Francisco Symphony with Herbert Blomstedt* conducting Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271 (1777), pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64 (1888). Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony season were one of my Christmas presents! Garrick Ohlsson’s performance was meticulous, transparent, while at the same time… Continue reading