In many cultures, the September equinox is a sign of fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere, and autumn is cultural month. I am going to enjoy opera, music and concerts.
NORMA – Music by BellinI
SUSANNAH – Music by FLOYD
A MASKED BALL – Music by Verdi
PARTENOPE – Music by handel
TOSCA – Music by PUCCINI
CINDERELLA – Music by Rossini La Bohème – Music by Puccini
THE TROJANS – Music by Berlioz
Two Women – Music by TUTINO
The Marriage of Figaro – Music by Mozart
* * * There will be many parties and events to attend this fall. . . . . * * *
I am not good at socializing and meeting new people. I will try my best to say “Hi” to people at social gathering. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to be sociable?
Photo Gallery – September 2014
9/7/14 – Opera in the Park. An afternoon of arias al fresco. Feature stars from the upcoming fall season and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti.
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9/7/14 – Opera in the Park. Finale- – – – – – – – – – MY daughter-in-law said that photo on newspaper looks like ‘unidentified homeless woman’ I guess she is smarter than average monkey to notice that.
9/7/14 – Opera in the Park. Singing “Suoni la tromba” from BELLINI’s I Puritani
Merry-go-round Adults, ($2), children ages 6 to 12 years ($1 per ride)
9/12/14 Black Diamond Follies (senior of all ages) – is one of Pittsburg Senior Center exercise program. They are available for local events such as this, and other public and private events.
9/12/14 Edie sent me an email. Lisa, It was so nice to see you in the audience last night. So sorry I didn’t get to greet you! We came out to the lobby after the finale but I saw you were already walking through the door… I will need to give you two hugs, the next time we meet.
9/14/14 — We went to the restaurant after the movie. We ate and talked gossips and among other things for hours. It was so nice to chat with friend.
9/12/14 — I need new hearing aid. So I just had Hearing Evaluation, blood test, and this MRI scan. My right-ear is deaf, left is profound hearing loss. MRI scan took 45 minutes; second half scan involved an injection of contrast dye, so that tissues and blood vessels show up more clearly.
It’s such a good feeling to know I am OK. I asked Doctor to set up appointment for me. Calling for appointment is big struggle, so I don’t use telephone anymore.
9/16/14 — Music by Carlisle Floyd. Libretto by the composer. In the backwoods of Tennessee, a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall?
Carlisle Floyd’s all-American score, which beautifully evokes the work’s rural Appalachian setting. Scene 2, with the opera’s lyric highpoint. the most famous soprano arias in the American repertory, “Ain’t It a Pretty Night.” I enjoyed this song.
9/16/14 – I am standing in front of huge photo (image of inside auditorium.)
Opera SUSANNAH production was super realistic manner. I prefer opera to be dramatic, fascinating, and mesmerizing.
His name is Doug. He was working at side-entrance. WOW! Fancy cars and fancy gowns people come in. I always enter from main entrance because I walk 3 blocks from BART. Try ignore homeless people on the side walk and smell of ammonia.
Photo was taken on 3/12/14. As you can see he has device to “read tickets’. He works here. . . Isn’t he cute!
9/19/14 – I am dressed in 2 large pieces of Scarves.
Rick & Eiko hosted this Ballroom dance event in Antioch. They are dance instructors and expert on Argentine Tango. By the way, Eiko is Japanese.
9/19/14 – Richard is octogenarian. Randi is not senior yet. They are dance partners for several years. I wish I had a dance partner.
9/20/14 – Greek Food Fest in SF.
I love Greek salad (tomatoes, cumbers, onion.) Rice Pilaf was flavorful. Unfortunately, lamb was too salty.
9/20/14 – Greek Orthodox Churches, unlike the Catholic Church, have no Bishopric head, such as a Pope, and hold the belief that Christ is the head of the Church. I don’t have a religion.
9/20/14 — San Francisco Conservatory of Music is a music school with an enrollment of about 400 students. 73,000 net square feet of space accommodate the conservatory’s needs for acoustically correct studios
9/20/14 – VIP Cocktail Reception. San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) presents SFMusic Day
communities of local artists working in Early Music, Chamber Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Music.
9/20/14 — VIP Cocktail Reception —
I ate too much at Greek Food Fest. and here fabulous cocktail foods and wine.
9/20/14 — VIP Cocktail Reception —
With Chef Brooke Aird. Thanks for delicious foods and I enjoyed your British accent. I might gain another 3 pounds.
9/20/14 — Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall — Audiences start entering Concert Hall just before 7:30pm
9/20/14 — The facility’s highlights is elegant gilt columns and ornate 38′ ceiling as the audience chamber for the new Concert Hall, augmented by state-of-the-art performance amenities.
9/20/14 — I took pictures with my ipad all too blurry.
Freelance cameraman was hired to take pictures for reception and performances. He likes being freelancer because no extra expenses and able to travel many places.
9/23/14 – Norma — Premier of Bellini’s Norma on the day after Christmas 1831 at the La Scala. Today Sondra Radvanovsky is Bellini’s Norma, commanded the stage. The costume is a mishmash of confusion.
9/23/14 – Norma — I received a lot of compliment for my little headdress. Even a homeless man at the outside of Civic Center BART station complimented me.
9/23/14 – Norma — Sondra and Jamie together to SF Opera and the guidance of conductor Nicola Luisotti. At the curtain call, it appeared that everyone’s musical wish list had been fulfilled.
9/25/14 — Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view internal organs. Aman Sethi MD is a Urology specialist at Kaiser Permanente in W.C.
9/28/14 — Jelly Belly factory – — When Ronald Reagan ran for Governor of California in 1966, he began eating “Goelitz Mini Jelly Beans” as part of his successful attempt to give up pipe smoking. His favorite flavor was licorice.
9/28/14 — Jelly Belly factory – Blueberry, one of Jelly Belly brand’s most popular flavors, was developed in 1980. Its blue color completed the other flag colored Jelly Belly jelly beans, the red (Very Cherry) and white (Coconut).
9/28/14 — Jelly Belly factory – 1 Jelly Belly Ln Fairfield, CA is 29 miles away from my house. It takes 30 minutes and easy drive on weekend.
9/28/14 — Jelly Belly factory – Candy Palooza event — They are nice and friendly police officers. Respect them.
9/28/14 — Jelly Belly factory – Candy Palooza event — Zip-line cable Ride
It was fun. There were many Kiddie Rides. Only this ZipRider didn’t have age limit.
9/28/14 — Jelly Belly factory – This “therapy” pony helps children find their confidence. Jelly Belly Factory, is one of the sponsors for rescue miniature horses. I donated a few bucks.