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Starting Concert Week

For us, Monday of concert week at the Bach Festival always starts with the All Bach Organ Recital in the Carmel Mission Basilica.  This is a solid hour of nothing but Bach fugues played on the basilica organ.  No stops … Continue reading

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Music in Carmel, 2023

In 2022 when we went to the Carmel Bach Festival, we came home with COVID (even though we had to prove our vaccination status and wear masks to every indoor concert).  I may write that trip up one of these … Continue reading

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Nights at the Opera

With the director of the San Francisco Opera retiring, Jim wanted to see a few of the productions in his last season, so we bought a “4 pack.”  Trust me, if you want to see opera in San Francisco, a … Continue reading

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East Bay Mini Maker Faire

A week ago I spent Saturday at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, a wonderful place for the gadget minded to hang out.  I had two reasons for being there.  The first was that my singing group, TOSCA, was performing … Continue reading

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Lights Out

Last night was a mixed experience.  The first part was great.  We had tickets for the San Francisco revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.  We rode BART; no agonizing over parking.  We had an excellent Italian dinner at 54 Mint; I recommend … Continue reading

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Fireworks and Sousa

One of my favorite annual events, if I'm in town, is the concert the Oakland East Bay Symphony puts on every July 3 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California.  There's nothing quite like watching a fireworks display (Richmond does … Continue reading

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Virtuoso Accordion and Other Things

Xasásuan Today isn’t a site I normally visit – my hiker husband pointed it out to me.  We aren’t quite sure what Xasásuan is – it may be the name of an Essalen village.  The Essalen lived around the Ventana Wilderness. … Continue reading

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Ein Deutsches Requiem

I’m still recovering from singing Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem last night.  It was a tremendous evening – somewhere in the sixth movement I remember realizing that everything was going beautifully, and I got a tremendous surge of exhilaration.  Sometimes, when … Continue reading

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Celtic Music from my Sister-in-law

My sister-in-law, Sally, plays hammer dulcimer in a Celtic band in western Pennsylvania.  Usually we don’t get to hear them play, being 3000 miles (or so) away.  But recently she played at a local winery, and a local blogger recorded … Continue reading

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