We are just home from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra concert. I can’t blog; I’m simply far too tired. But I’m not sure how much I’d say anyway, as I don’t review these things. So just a couple of notes:

  • We had fantastic seats, although I couldn’t see the principal oboist.
  • I could see Russ deLuna. He appeared to be playing kind of slanted to the left. Might have been where I was sitting, though.
  • They seated latecomers between the two movements of the Schuman. I found it disruptive. (So was the coughing between every movement of the Beethoven.)
  • This orchestra moves very little. Very, very little. The most movement (still minimal) was by the always fabulous Stephen Paulson.
  • For the life of me I didn’t remember the solo string parts in the last movement of the Beethoven. That was a surprise.
  • MTT must do ballet on the side.
  • It was thoroughly enjoyable … and especially the Schuman! Something new. Something I’ll be downloading from emusic.

    Thanks, SFSO, for a very lovely night on the town!

    (I missed Project Runway just for you. 😉

  • 05. March 2008 · Comments Off on Just a Reminder · Categories: Links, Videos, Watch

    I wrote earlier (and thank you Elaine, for your words) that music doesn’t bring world peace. One might think that hearing Beethoven’s 9th would really cause us all to embrace peace and love and joy and all of that.

    Perhaps this will be a reminder that that doesn’t always happen. I doubt the listeners all went home changed people.

    05. March 2008 · Comments Off on Really? · Categories: Links, Ramble

    Who are the three Bs? What’s the difference between a symphony and an orchestra? Which instruments make up a piano quartet (Hint: It’s not four pianos).

    If you’re interested in building a classical music library, chances are you’ll come across questions like these. Here (timpani roll, please) are the answers: (1) Bach, Beethoven and Brahms; (2) A symphony is a type of orchestra; and (3) Piano, violin, viola and cello.

    It’s #2 … hadn’t heard that definition before.


    I guess the writer is distinguishing between a chamber orchestra and a symphony orchestra …? But some groups go by “orchestra” and some by “symphony” and others by “symphony orchestra” and all groups might be the same size. So I dunno.

    Reading further … makes me really wonder about that “Silelius” guy. (I’m guessing that one will be corrected. And soon. We’ll see!)


    I don’t know … having to pay to vote doesn’t appeal to me. I’d rather just donate some money and get the tax deduction.

    I know, I know, it’s only $1 per vote, but still.

    Anyway, for those of you in or near Chicago, I guess you can have your say. They say you’ll be able to vote online as well.

    When German baroque composer Reinhard Keiser died, he was eulogized as the greatest opera composer in the world.


    His reputation quickly faded, but the Minnesota Opera is helping to rescue Keiser from complete obscurity with the American premiere of his opera, “The Fortunes of King Croesus.”

    I just wonder … what composer(s) we think of as the best will be forgotten 300 years from now.


    Guess I won’t be finding out, eh?