San Francisco Symphony: Summer in the City


Last night, myself and a few other lucky bloggers were fortunate enough to be a part of the first blogger’s night at the San Francisco Symphony. It was a wonderful opportunity to get out of our digital worlds and immerse ourselves in the an analog world of orchestral music.

The SFS started off the evening of “Classical Romance” with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture, conducted by 27-year old conductor James Gaffigan. It’s a piece that many are familiar with (further info and link to download a recording on Wikipedia), and was a lovely opener. This was immediately followed by a performance of R. Strauss’ Don Juan, Opus 20. As Gaffigan noted, although both stories and pieces are tragic, the most beautiful things are often tragic.

After intermission, we were treated to an awe-inspiring performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30, by 23-year old pianist Gabrielle Martinez. A long and intense piano piece (accompanied by Gaffigan and the SFS), Martinez pulled it off flawlessly, and without sheet music!

Last night’s performance was a part of the month-long series of concerts, Summer in the City. It kicked off earlier this month, bringing classical and contemporary together in a celebration of music!

Summer in the City continues through this month, through July 28th. Upcoming performances at Davies Hall include:

  • Tonight (July 19th): An Evening with Tchaikovsky
  • July 20-21: Johnny Mathis with the SFS
  • July 27: Neil Sedaka
  • July 28: Patti LuPone

The San Francisco Symphony performs an annual free concert at Yerba Buena gardens on August 24th, before departing on a tour of Europe, returning in September to begin the 2007-2008 Symphony season. Catch ’em while you can!

You can find more blog entries and photos of the SFS Blogger Night at

1 Comment so far

  1. George Kelly (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 9:00 am

    Good to see you there, Courtney. :-)

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