I’m still humming Tchaikovsky this morning having had 7th row tickets to the debut appearance of the San Franciso Symphony at the Cohan Center in San Luis Obispo last night. The program included Copland’s music from the film Our Town, Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. Three totally different works that together showed off each of the sections of such a great orchestra.
Getting to finally see Michael Tilson Thomas conduct in person was such a treat. He really is a rock star. I am in awe. I especially enjoyed my sight lines. Being so close to be able to see his expressions as he conducted and to really be able to watch the concertmaster’s fingering, especially on the Tchaikovsky, was spectacular.
The opening credits of Our Town (1940)
The Second Movement of Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra
Finale from Tchaikovsky’s 5th