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:: Saturday, April 26th, 2003 @ 1:50:00 am

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Wendy and I went to see the SF Symphony Orchestra perform Mahler 9 tonight. Barbara Bonney sang selected songs from Richard Strauss during the first half, which were beautiful. I enjoyed them even though I was so tired that I was dozing off intermittently. :) Mahler 9 was more or less enjoyable. I love the piece, but the strings were soggy tonight, and there was some strangeness coming from the brass. I don’t know. Maybe I was expecting too much. I so wanted a perfect performance! The beginning of the last movement was powerful, but then soggy strings made it hard to enjoy the rest of the movement — at least, until the very end.

The end of Mahler 9 was intensely sublime in its beautiful pianissimo. Aside from being with my guide a few hours from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (bathed in the purple glow of moonlit snow), I have not been so aware of such perfect silence as I was during one of the grand pauses a few minutes from the end of the piece. The entire orchestra and every single audience member ceased to make noise so completely that all of my senses became intensely magnified, the stage filling my field of view, brilliantly lit in yellow warmth, and the ringing silence pounding loudly in my ears. I could feel every heart beat pushing blood through my body. Man. That was what I went to the show for. I was praying that no one would disturb the moment after the orchestra faded into silence at the end. The last time I went to see the SF Symphony perform Mahler 9 someone stood up and started clapping before MTT put his hands down. Tears were streaming down his face as he clapped — utterly alone — for five seconds. I’m all for respecting the effect of powerful music, but he RUINED THE ENDING for hundreds of other people. I hate him.

I’m performing with the Stanford Chamber Strings tomorrow. Should be fun! We’re having Korean food afterwards. :) Photos -> [see some photos]

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  • http://mindnority.com syndromes

    Well, here’s my insightful comment for the day:

    Cute (bored) cellist! Meant the girl, but I spoze it applies to the guy as well ;)

  • maya

    haha..i think that cute cellist is olivia, and i think one of the violinist is one of my old buddies..this is pretty crazy i recognized ed wu from one of your other entries as well…haha..can the music world really be this small?

  • echeng

    hi, maya.

    who are you?? :) yes, the music world is small, isn’t it? olivia is funny. I just met her recently.

  • maya

    hey eric,
    who am i? what do u mean? Maya is actually my middle name…haha…i thought that cellist was Olivia T! haha i dont know her very well actually, she was a friend of a friend..all SFYO related..and so i heard about her often…however christina H. and i go way back. I met her at a music camp i went to..i knew she was at stanford now..but haha..its so weird to see her on your website!
    I knew Ed w. a couple of yrs ago..he always gave me good advice..but i lost touch with him somewhere between his MIT and stanford yrs..so yea…its pretty crazy to see all of them here. haha such fun. :-p

  • http://www.enjelani.net enjelani

    wow. your description of the power of silence was beautiful. thank you. :)

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