San Francisco Symphony Principal Players – Superlative Indeed!

[twocol_one][dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast 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 evening. Carl Philipp Emanuel James… 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

Turn on Your Hot Light

Did you hear the song when you read the title?? We had dinner with friends recently. The topic of Krispy Kreme donuts came up. At least one person wasn’t familiar with them but observed that those who were, entered into a semi-hypnotic state when just discussing the light and fluffy donuts when they are hot from their creation. One person… 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