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San Francisco Symphony

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

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

I have never been
disappointed by the SF Symphony’s more modern appointments. Takemitsu’s piece
was no exception. Of course the modern stuff is always hotly debated and I
heared many negative reactions during intermission. I think upon completion of
this performance Andrew Davis sensed the mixed reception by the audience and
only returned once for applause while Nexus appeared twice. But I love
percussion, especially when played by masters such as Nexus and combined with
symphonic sounds.

Holst’s piece was
beautifully performed. But of course, it lacks the bleeding edge quality of
Takemitsu and somehow I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that I’ve heard this
music in some science fiction flick before.

The whole concert had one drawback.
There were two instances near us where parents decided to bring kids to the
sympony. I’m sorry, but I can’t stand noise during a symphony. In our case a guy
brought his
4-year
old daughter, and a couple brought
two
subteens.

Rule
#1:
Do not bring your 4-year-olds! For them
sitting still and listening for hours is extremely unnatural — I’d be actually
worried if my 4-year-old would do
that.

Rule
#2:
If you bring kids that are old enough so
that they can understand and follow the rule of absolute silence during a
symphony, just bring one! If you bring more than one, they inadvertently start
to engage in all kinds of noisy competitions and games. It doesn’t work!

There were about 30-40 people affected
by the noise of these kids. If you multiply that with the admission price times
the diminished value (say 50%) because of the noise, you arrive at around $1,000
worth of damage. People get arrested for a lot less.

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