The San Francisco Symphony is on strike.
So, in the meantime, they performed a free concert. Thanks to the power of facebook, I saw a message this afternoon.
But the highlight for me was Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. I LOVE this piece. I've performed it 4 or 5 times maybe? I've played it (rehearsals and what not) probably hundreds of times by now. I first played it in 6th grade with Sierra String Ensemble. I look back and wonder...how did I do that?? I also played it my freshman year of high school at an All-State Orchestra (CODA) as one of 4 cellists. Then again with my Youth Symphony my senior year. Maybe at UCLA...I can't remember. UCI hired me to play it with them. And Blackbird Ensemble.
I also had my school orchestra play an arranged version of it (but still very difficult) a couple times. Two groups, in particular, were very meaningful. I bought them mutes :) Hearing this piece now makes me nostalgic and sad that it couldn't work out.
Hearing members of the San Francisco Symphony perform this, a mere 20 feet from me, was so awesome. I'm an annoying person to be with when it comes to musical performances; I sway with the music, I finger along on my arm, I try REALLY hard not to audibly inhale before key moments. It was so beautiful. However, it wasn't perfect :) The older couple behind me were talking about how flawless it was....but it wasn't. I can't help it. It's the musician in me. I noticed the flaws. But the flaws make it...human, I suppose. It's also strangely reassuring to know that all musicians, no matter the level, can still struggle with the same basic issues.
I hope they do more concerts! I will happily attend!