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San Francisco Symphony

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

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

We religiously try
catch all Mahler symphonies directed by MTT. This time we didn’t buy tickets
until a day before and luckily there were two tickets available in the second
row! We’ve never sat that close to the stage and the experience was
overwhelming. Nobody can tell me that the sound is better in any of those 1st or
2nd tier balconies. Granted, the sound might not be as balanced, but it is as
crisp as a sunny early morning after a winter storm in Boulder, CO (I’m still
homesick as you can tell). Being this close to the stage makes you also realize
the perfection that this symphony cultivates — which also highlights any
mishaps and mistakes. Since this was the first concert of this particular
symphony there were a few of them. The first one was committed by a french horn
who going from a low note to a high note did not hit it at all. It was loud,
too. MTT’s face briefly turned into something very frightening. The second one
was a violinist dropping her bow which noisily clattered over the floor during a
very quiet section. Anyways, the concert kept me on the edge of my seat because
it was in many respects so much more
up-and-close.

A definite disadvantage
of being in the floor section is that you are surrounded by a lot more people
and, unfortunately, that much more noise. At the beginning of the concert we
gave one of our playbills to an older lady behind us who was not very mobile
anymore. But when during the concert she proceeded to use the blaybill to
noisily fan herself, we almost took the playbill away from her. The woman
directly behind me
inspired

Rule #3:
Do not bring jewelry that makes noise whenever
you move. Especially, don’t pack your wrists with heavy bracelets. You will earn
furious looks whenever you move your arms!

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