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More Fun than Music

There is an amazing site in Germany called which specializes on getting school mates back in touch again. It really works. I recently hooked up with most of the members of my high school Punk band. Our drummer still had all recordings and some of the pictures we took to promote one of our […]

Stern Grove: Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Trilok Gurtu

Another perfect afternoon at the Stern Grove: fog shielded us from the hot sun and kept the temperatures ideal. The concert was much less crowded than I expected. At 1PM we were still able to get good seats (5th row!). Well, maybe that was because Gamelan Sekar Jaya was definitely on the weird side and […]

Stern Grove: West African Highlife Band and Youssou N’Dour & The Super Etoile De Dakar

Another very good concert. A little more fog this time lead to pleasant temperatures. Lots of dancing. The most impressive musicians in both groups were the Tama players.

Stern Grove: Souad Massi and Lila Downs

This weekend I managed to catch a Stern Grove concert. The warm-up was Souad Massi who in addition to her unbelievably beautiful voice was backed up by some very impressive musicians (unfortunately, I don’t seem to be able to find the line-up of musicians right now). The main act was Lila Downs who almost instantly […]

San Francisco Symphony

MTT directs Mahler‘s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano, and the SFS Chorus.

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Andrew Davis conducts Takemitsu‘s “From me flows what call time” with Nexus on percussion, and Holst‘s “The Planets”.

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Vance George conducts Bach Mass in B minor, with Donna Brown, Christina Wilcox, James Taylor, Christopher Maltman, and the SFS Chorus

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Yuri Termirkanov conducting Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 in C major, Opus 60, Leningrad (1941)

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain (1880), his own composition Insomnia (2002), Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major (1911) with Yefim Bronfman, and Bartók’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Opus 19 (1919)