Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Little Night Music

Gentle Friends, one of the highlights of the weekend was attending a performance of Handel's Messiah....  and I took some snaps....

 ... I had ordered the tickets a while back... since there were only to be three performances by the SF Symphony I wanted to make sure we had decent seats on Saturday evening...

 ... instead of driving downtown we Uber-ed there, so much easier than trying to find parking.... this is the War Memorial Opera House decked out for the Nutcracker....

 ... and even City Hall is decorated and lit up for the Christmas Season...

 ... and our final destination Davies Symphony Hall....

 ... all decked out with lovely big Christmas trees....

 ... looking out towards City Hall...

 ... we attended the pre-concert talk given by Scott Foglesong of the Conservatory of music.  
It was a sort of quick history and background of the piece and was very interesting!!!  Then it was on to our seats...

... on the first tier to the right of the stage so we could see backstage a bit ....though the open door,,,  this is the stage before the chorus and musicians come on ... 

...  and here is everything going strong, chorus, musicians, conductor and the four principle singers.  It was a wonderful evening and such a stupendous piece of music to hear live.  If you ever get the chance I highly recommend hearing the messiah live and in full music rig!!

a little edit:  everyone (or most everyone ) jumped to their feet and stood for the Hallelujah Chorus, it was a great moment and so very traditional!!......

That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,


  1. I have and it is wonderful. I hope everyone followed tradition and stood up during the chorus. I went to one performance and no one stood! The hall looks spectacular, there is nothing like a live performance in a wonderful setting.

  2. What a fantastic Holiday treat! Beautiful pics!

  3. We went and heard it at the Duke Chapel earlier this month. Glorious! So happy you were able to enjoy!

  4. How wonderful to get to see/hear it in such a gorgeous place! (I've sung in The Messiah several times for church and school.)

  5. Sounds like a super night!!! Live music from a big group of performers is THE best!

  6. Great seats! Lucky duck! Sounds like a magical holiday evening.

  7. What a wonderful evening. The buildings all look so festive. It appears that the SF folks know how to behave when the Hallelujah Chorus is played!! I have been at presentations where that was not done. Good for all of you!!

  8. Oh I loved seeing your snaps...and to think I saw a couple of these buildings just a month ago :)

  9. Wonderful pictures and what a wonderful treat. Our local choral group did a production every year -it was beautiful but I am sure nothing to compare to this.

  10. Oh, how much I miss San Francisco...


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