Journal

SoundBox Performance, December 11-12, 2015

SoundBox Website SoundBox, an innovative new concert series at the San Francisco Symphony, takes place in our old Zellerbach A rehearsal space adjacent to the backstage area, which used to be known for its drafty conditions and the world’s deadest acoustics.  Newly renovated with the Meyer Constellation Sound System, the space has been transformed into […]

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Lucerne Festival, 2015

The city of Lucerne, Switzerland has hosted an international music festival since 1938.  Nestled on the banks of Lake Lucerne, this picturesque Alpine town was founded in the 12th Century and still retains much of its Old World charm.  The San Francisco Symphony performed 2 concerts in the KKL main concert hall as part of […]

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South African Journal, Introduction

On September 4, 2014 I was honored to be a presenter at the Institute for Mindfulness in South Africa conference, “Mindfulness Matters” in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  My husband, neuroscientist Clifford Saron, gave a keynote address about his research on meditation, and we also presented our workshop, “Tuning Your Instrument; the Buddha, the Brain and Bach.”  […]

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South Africa Journal: Bird Songs and Apartheid Museum

Nelson Mandela is everywhere. His giant statue welcomes you, arms outstretched, at the government buildings in Pretoria, his name is on the street signs, his picture on all the currency. Of course I knew the painful history of apartheid and Mandela’s role in building the nation, but now that I have seen the Apartheid Museum […]

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South Africa Journal: The Game Preserve

The lodge is a contrast of extreme worlds…outside, the rugged bush— zebras, giraffes, lions live in their wild habitat roaming freely, oblivious to the touches of luxury that follow our every move. How would you like your kudu meat prepared, what brand of gin in your tonic, how about a roaring fire in your room […]

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South Africa Journal: The Outsider Artist

Her arms reach out as if to touch the sky, imploring the heavens to answer, why? She lived in the sleepy, isolated hamlet of Nieu Bethesda nestled in a valley along the great expanse of land they call the Karoo, but mostly she lived in her imagination. Today her tiny house, overflowing with magical glass […]

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