My Week in the City

I’ve just spent a quick week in the city. The city, of course, is San Francisco. The week was exciting for a number of reasons. So, here we go… City Hall from Davies HallCity Hall Street LevelCity Hall Light Trails from Passing CarsCity Hall through Trees Yes, this weekend included St. Patrick’s Day. City Hall was green for the occasion.… Continue reading

San Francisco Symphony, Daniil Trofonov, Rachmaninoff

The Sibelius symphonies were lovely. Really. I shouldn’t downplay their performance. But… Now, let’s talk about what we really came to hear: Daniil Trofonov’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3! Russian pianist Daniil Trofonov more or less slithered out onto the stage with his long straight hair covering his face. He never looked at the audience. He just walked… Continue reading

A San Francisco Symphony Concert Review & Epiphany

You’re walking along. You’re minding your own business. It’s just another day in the day-to-day existence of another human being on planet Earth. Without a sound, as you meander about, a meteorite from some godforsaken corner of some galaxy you’ve never heard of bonks you on the head! I mean, what are the chances, right?! This is my story from… Continue reading

San Francisco or Bust

At the beginning of the month, we headed out to San Francisco for a symphony concert (March 4th). I was especially looking forward to this concert, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. I didn’t know that he would be presented with a recognition from the symphony: This was his 1,500th program at the symphony. His first was in 1974! Additionally, I… 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

Opaque — An Amazing Dining Experience

The first concert of the San Francisco Symphony! Gershwin! American in Paris! And what I was told would be a “unique” dining experience. Such evasive language means, “Don’t ask. He won’t tell.” So, I waited patiently for Friday. We were having dinner at Opaque, where you dine in complete and utter darkness and your servers are completely blind or have… Continue reading

Wow! I Wasn’t Prepared for That!!

I have been looking forward to hearing Michael Tilson Thomas conduct the San Francisco Symphony’s performance of Peer Gynt, which he did (well, kinda—sorta) last night. I say “kinda—sorta” because the performance was not at all what I was expecting: the performance of Grieg‘s two four-movement symphonic suites. Instead, this was a production, a play, a bit of an extravaganza!… 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