Yesterday, Harold and I went to the symphony. It was a Haydn/Chopin/Mozart concert, and I wasn't too excited about it. But last night's concert was good- during the Haydn, I tried to figure out the chord structure and how he moved from key to key without jarring your ear... it was kind of a fun experiment to figure out the hook. They did Mozart's symphony 40. I haven't heard it live in years, and it really took me back to thinking about college days. I forgot how much I loved the second movement. I found myself thinking about how it was so amazing that Mozart could be going through such a shitty time, and yet have time to be so stylish and elegant and polite in his music. It makes the music so much more poignant to me. I also felt that special concert moment of feeling like life was elevated for a while out of my daily routine into something with so much emotion, grace and feeling. I should go to the symphony more often.
Tim Day is now playing with the symphony, and his wife is now the acting principal. I wonder when the flute auditions will be or if they've already happened. I'm so out of the loop.
The SF Symphony is sounding great. I used to complain about them and buy tickets for touring orchestras instead, but I think they're getting better. Maybe it was the conductor last night, Peter Oundjian. He used to play in the Tokyo String Quartet, but now he's conducting, and I think he really pulled a good performance out of SF.