25. February 2009 · Comments Off on Concerts Coming Up · Categories: Concerts, Ramble

I’m pleased that Dan and I are able to attend more concerts these days. When the kids were living here and in school, we didn’t have the time — nor the energy — to get out much. These days that’s all changed! Here are the two we having coming up very quickly:

San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Prokofiev: American Overture, Opus 42
Sofia Gubaidulina: Violin Concerto No. 2, In tempus praesens (North American Premiere)
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentals
Ravel: La Valse

I’ve always been a fan of Ravel, and I know both those works well, so those should be great fun to hear from somewhere other than the English horn chair. I know nothing about the Prokofiev (is that awful of me?), and, I’m somewhat ashamed to admit, I’ve never heard a Gubaidulina work before. So this is one to really look forward to. By the time we purchased our tickets the only seats left were in the stratosphere, but oh well. My ears should still work fine from way up there.

The other concert is by New Century Chamber Orchestra, a group I’ve never heard before. (Heard of them, yes, and know some of the current and former members. I’ve just never attended a concert.) Here’s the program, called The Glory Of Russia:
Prokofiev (arr. Rudolf Barshai): Visions Fugitives, Op. 22, Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35, Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Going to concerts frequently means going out to dinner, too. So good food, good company, and good music. Not bad!

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