Perhaps it was the great dinner we had beforehand, but Joan and I really enjoyed hearing Janine Jansen play with the San Francisco Symphony last night. She performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, with the orchestra superbly conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Jansen has tremendous presence, and performs with great energy and sweetness. She was highly attuned with orchestra and conductor.
I'd recently purchased her latest CD, an innovative interpretation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I succumbed to the commercial pressures, and bought her previous recording, which she autographed after the show.
Our shul-mate Joshua Kosman, devoted his review to the evening's main event, Shostakovich's fourth symphony. Josh wasn't as taken with Jansen's performance as I was, and I certainly defer to his ear and expertise. But for me, Janine brought new life to one of my favorite pieces.
Like many SF culture vultures, we often confront the "how to find a great dinner in Hayes Valley between 6 and 7:30 on a weekend night" problem. The obviouschoicesare usually impossible to get into, and we're always looking for something new anyhow.
It's a splendid evening here in The Inner Farallones. We've settled into a winter weather pattern: clear, cool, delightful. I watched a gorgeous sunset out over Fort Funston. Of course, I spent most of the time gazing at the Farallones, which loom a lot closer than 28 miles. All of a sudden, I saw a light! I'd always suspected there was a lighthouse on top of the biggest of the islands, but it's never been clear enough to ascertain. Sure enough. It comes around about every 15 seconds. We've long enjoyed the light at the end of Point Reyes. But to the Farallon Lighthouse, welcome to the 'hood!
On Tantek's recommendation, I decided to give Flock a try. I really like it so far, especially the built-in support for posting (whence this post), the Favorites integration with del.icio.us, and the Clucene-based content indexing in the browse history.