I’m just home from San Francisco Symphony and too tired to really write, but what a great concert! The oboes and English horn sounded great. The brass … wow!

It was entirely enjoyable, aside from one first violinist. That player was such a puzzlement, bowing differently at times, completely stopping for brief moments when all the other violinists were playing, staring off into the audience and sometimes at the brass, and at one point appeared to be making some kind of joke to the stand partner. The second half the player behaved a bit better some of the time (enough so that Dan never got to see the shenanigans) and for some reason had no stand partner that half. Odd. Maybe I’m just overly critical, but I was sure distracted! (And, since Dan didn’t notice a thing, I did wonder if I was just imagining all of this … I’m that insecure, go figure.)

Anyway, bravi tutti to the San Francisco Symphony musicians and Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas. As if they care what this little person thinks. (They don’t read this blog in any case.)

Okay, I’m not all that little. But you know what I mean. 🙂

10. January 2009 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

arr. Ronald Staheli: Peace Like a River

We are going to hear San Francisco Symphony tonight. We rarely get up there for concerts what with my schedule and all —opera is my first love in any case— but Dan purchased tickets the other day. We’ll be hearing Copland’s music to the film score of “Our Town”, Berg’s Three Pieces, and Brahms’ First Symphony.

Tickets will be held at will call. For NINE dollars!

How nice is that? We save them postage, and the time to pack up the tickets and send ’em to us. They charge us nine dollars.

I’m honored. Really.

10. January 2009 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

Mendelssohn: Es ist genug from Elijah