05. March 2009 · Comments Off on Wow! · Categories: Links, MTT, Ramble, Symphony

I’m just home from the San Francisco Symphony concert. I know they say it’s sold out, but maybe they get turn backs … it’s sure worth a try! Martha Argerich is really incredible. Her second movement just had me mesmerized. The Ravel Piano Concerto really is such a great work. (Rumor has it we may be doing it again down here, but I haven’t received anything official yet.) The Ligeti was amazing and powerful, and also quite painful in a Requiem appropriate kind of way. NOT easy listening, but truly worth a serious listen. I’d encourage you to attempt to get to this concert aside from the sold out part. Hmmm. Stand at their door and yell that you have to get in, maybe? Cry? Beg? 🙂

As you know, I don’t review here. I just enjoy concerts and let you know what I enjoyed. But I do sometimes make a few comments. Here goes …

Audience: Funny comment of the night was when MTT walked out for the Ligeti. An audience member nearby said, “Uh-oh. He’s gonna talk.” And he did talk. Funny thing was, I was so distracted by the audience member I forgot to listen to what he said, so Dan had to fill me in later. Silly me!

Choir: The men all wear tuxes. The women wear whatever they like and some looked … well … less that stellar. I’ve felt this way for a while now: Men have to look so uniform and put together and we women get to decide what looks good. And some women don’t know what looks good. Maybe it’s time to step it up a notch. OR let the men dress down, perhaps. I wonder.

I had blogged two (?) concerts ago about a very distracting first violinist. I noticed that he wasn’t playing last week’s concert or this one. Perhaps he was a sub and hasn’t been called back.

Why, when a blonde singer and a brunette singer come out, do I just assume the blonde will be the soprano? And yes, I was right. (Man, the notes they have to nail in the Ligeti … astounding! Brava to both of them!)

So Dan and I had a great time, loved the concert, and Louisa (hope you read this), you are SO wonderful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Gotta get to bed; I have an early wake up time and long day ahead of me.

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