Somehow I landed at an iTunes link that took me to a San Jose Symphony recording. I can’t get the link to work, but if you go to iTunes just search on San Jose Sympony and you’ll find it. Quite a while ago San Jose Symphony (RIP) recorded Henry Brant’s LItany of Tides, and I do own a copy of the record (yes, I mean record … as in “vinyl”), but I didn’t realize that recording was still for sale. Wish I could say I was involved, but there was no English horn. Ah well.

Now I find that it is also available on, right here.

But I do wonder if any of the players involved managed to get anything from this recording. I’m doubting it.

So here I am reminiscing again (as I did Monday) about the things we did in that now defunct orchestra. Several premieres. Some commissioned works. And a whole lot of big names that came to play with our little orchestra. I was only 18 when I joined the group. By the time it died I’d been in it for, I think, 27 years. That’s a lot of history. (And not one program in my house. Sigh.)


  1. Wow, 27 years?  I had no idea!  I miss it too, although I only sang with the chorus for the last 4-5 seasons.  I really enjoyed those concerts.

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Yep … 27 years! My first year was the 1975-76 season. Were you even born yet? 😉

    We sure had some great concerts with that group. I was there with George and then Leonid. (Oh the stories I could tell ….)

  3. God bless you for wondering if I was born in 1975!  But for the record: yes, I was.  I turned 6 in 1975.

    I’ve heard a few George stories from friends who were around for part of his tenure.  I didn’t work with him until Don Giovanni last year, and frankly I was scared to death.  Of course, he’s mellowed significantly (or so I understand).