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 pleasant because it was raining.… Continue reading

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 at the console). The conductor… Continue reading

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 Mozart had lived to be… 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

And What a Birthday It Was

Thanks, everyone, for the calls, voicemails, Facebook messages, emails, birthday cards and gifts wishing me a happy birthday! Who ever would have thought I would live to be this old?!! The birthday celebration rituals began the day before my birthday with dinner at the restaurant, Paul K. As a starter, I highly recommend the seafood soup of the day––a delicious… 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