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

And What a Birthday It Was

Restaurant Paul K 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… Continue reading

Evening at the Symphony

Herbert Blomstedt 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… Continue reading

Australia: Day 10 — Sydney 1

We are spending time with friends who are from Sydney.  They have actually volunteered to be our official Sydney Tour Guides.  So today we walked all over the main area of the old city and ended the day down at the Opera House. Regrettably, the oddest thing has happened:  It’s raining, a lot!  I’m repeatedly told it never rains in… Continue reading

Seldom In My Life!!

…have I been so deeply moved by a pianist!  This is one of the best recordings I have ever come across.  Not only is the music rapturous (my god man, it’s Tchaikovsky for goodness sake!  Those sweeping melodic arches…the tiny expressiveness of a minute tiny melodic phrase…), but Mikhail’s performance is transcending. I can count on one hand the number… Continue reading