Guide to going to the symphony

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We’re going to see Peter and the Wolf this afternoon at the San Francisco Symphony. I can’t wait! My son and I downloaded the version of it narrated by David Bowie and listened to it all week.

I’ve never been to the symphony in SF, but I think it’s that big round building that looks like a cake. The SF Symphony web site has a goofy “Guide for first timers” meant to reassure the great unwashed that we need not dress like James Bond to get in the door. Instead, “cocktail attire” is just fine. Oooookay! That clears it right up.

Other advice from the FAQ for low-lifes:

3. Will I recognize any music?
Odds are, you’ll recognize far more than you realize. Many of today’s popular songs, television shows, and movies include or are taken from classical themes, like the “Lone Ranger” theme (Rossini’s William Tell Overture), the Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries), United Airlines television commercials (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue), and many more.

It just sort of begs for something like…

4. Will I have to put a giant stick up my butt before going to the symphony?

Oh, Punk Rock Orchestra, where are you when I need you?

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