As I sat at Davies Symphony Hall last night, watching new fiddle sensation Arabella Steinbacher perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, a work premiered in Vienna in 1881, I was struck by the fact that here were about three thousand of us listening to it now, in San Francisco, inhabiting a world the composer surely couldn’t have imagined when he wrote it, 134 years earlier. But there it was, and it so moved the audience that she received a long, show-stopping applause after just the first movement was completed, and a standing ovation and five curtain calls after the finale.

May all your creative endeavors meet with such success!

2 responses

  1. Farhan Malik

    Was it really that good?


    March 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    • Yes.

      The SFSO play so much better under conductors other than MTT. I frequently have to pinch myself.


      March 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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