San Francisco Symphony: Alan Gilbert Conducts Beethoven and Haydn
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The last date listed for San Francisco Symphony: Beethoven and Haydn was Saturday October 29, 2011 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Davies Symphony Hall
- Full Price:
- $35 - $69
- Our Price:
- $15 - $48.30
World-renowned pianist Rudolf Buchbinder joins conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco… More
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Been to SFS concerts before, but this was the first time with 'blind' seating via Goldstar. Picked up the tickets at will-call in the early evening.
The animated guest conductor and symphony seemed to work well together. The special guest violinist played only on one piece, and he was signing autographs of his CD after the concert. Must say that people tend to rush to the autograph sessions when Joshua Bell's in town, but this concert was full of promising and up-and-coming/young performers in the violonist and Conductor Gilbert.
The three pieces were not familiar to us, but overall we enjoyed the concert. Although we were way up in the second tier (section BB), we could see the entire stage without obstruction (except for the aisle seat--as the railings at the end of each row stick up a little). Thankfully, it wasn't a full house so we moved (within the same small section) back to empty rows. This also helped as the children in front of us were restless the entire time and liked to move around and sprawl across the seats.
Overall I would highly consider booking another concert at the SF Symphony if goldstar offers it again. I'd check out the SF Symphony website for full details on the concert program and seating.
We always get there early (by 5:30-6pm) and find free parking along Gough or Franklin Streets, then get dinner nearby and head to Davies. No need for $15-30 parking fees. They've added more meters, however.
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The SFS sound was great but not fabulous, perhaps because the orchestra with guest conductor and soloist lacked the deft touch of MTT. The evocative soundscapes of Dutilleux sounded unusual and very unfamiliar to me, but the solo violin and very...continued