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Miloš is coming back to the Bay Area!

I just about gasped when I saw Cal Performances post a preview on its Facebook page yesterday afternoon that Miloš Karadaglić is scheduled to perform in February 2013 as part of the Koret Recital Series. So excited he’s heading back to the bay!

Check out the cover art for his new album, Latino, due out this summer. [Update: It looks like the new album has been renamed, to Pasión.]

Listening to Spanish guitar music just thrills me, so I can hardly wait to listen to Miloš’s new album. And hello being able to watch and listen to him perform live! That’ll be so awesome. His debut album, Mediterraneo, was one of the best-selling classical discs of 2011, according to Cal Perfs. It’s so exciting to witness a new star emerge on the scene. We will definitely be hearing more from this guy.

Here’s a clip of him playing “Asturias,” just to whet your appetite.

And listen to him in recital (below) at the Savannah Music Festival earlier this year, courtesy of NPR Music, which also hosted him in a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2011.

(top: Miloš Karadaglić Facebook page; bottom: NPR Music)

Update: Cover art for Pasión.

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This generation’s break-up songs

In my teen years, the break-up song of choice was R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.” Which, when you think about it, is really a wallow-in-your-misery kind of song, an in-the-middle-of-it kind of pain. But these days the break-up banner seems to be shared by two songs, which I’ll admit I like to belt out in the privacy of my car.

“Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra

“Someone Like You” by Adele

Judging from clips I saw of Gotye’s set at Coachella this past weekend, though, other peeps have no problem singing along in public—the refrain becomes an anthem. It’s pretty special when an artist can articulate unspoken emotions that people immediately identify with. I like, too, that both musicians sing it from the perspective that time affords. Plus I like that with Gotye and Kimbra you hear the other side of story, which you never really do in real life.

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Symphony with a side of ice cream

When I found out that the Itzhak Perlman performances at the San Francisco Symphony were sold out a couple of months ago, I was pretty bummed. No wait list had been set up at the time and even if there eventually were, I figured the prices would be exorbitant for me. But I couldn’t help thinking how great it would be to see and hear him perform and conduct, live! That Vivaldi’s Summer and Winter from The Four Seasons were on the performance program along with Tchaikovsky and Mozart was another major perk.

So imagine my delight when, offhand, I looked up the symphony and performance on my iPhone this morning and lo! A mobile site popped up. It showed more-than-half-off seats in the orchestra and tiers (and, as I’m looking at tonight’s performance right now, $15 seats in the center terrace right behind the actual orchestra itself)! This must be where the symphony posts up-to-the-minute ticket info, and I can’t believe the deals it’s offering.

If I get to the city with time to spare, I plan to make dinner out of the special root-beer float (haha! Oh, to be “grown-up”…) that Smitten Ice Cream just posted on BlackboardEats the other day. Made of malt vanilla ice cream, Boylan cane sugar root beer, and a crumble of sesame praline, the float’s in honor of Smitten’s one-year anniversary at its Hayes Valley location. Yes, please.

Just look at one of the Kelvin ice-cream makers using liquid nitrogen to freeze fresh scoops in this photo (taken at one of Smitten’s ice-cream socials), all Wonka-esque. And hey, they make mint TCHO-chocolate-chip ice cream that actually tastes like…wait for it…fresh mint! A revelation, especially for me since I usually don’t like that flavor. The silky olive-oil ice cream with lavender shortbread currently on the menu is likewise intriguing, and subtle.

I love making little adventures out of finding deals like these. Mostly I just love seeing how hard I can make my money work and still get a shot of culture. It’s like a little game.

(Perlman photo via San Francisco Symphony)

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Miloš Karadaglić on tour

I love classical and Spanish guitar, so listening to and watching Miloš Karadaglić perform Francisco Tárrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra is mesmerizing. I was so bummed that I’d missed him at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre last year.

For more info on his upcoming gigs, go here.

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by | March 31, 2012 · 7:15 pm

The power of music

A friend posted this on her Facebook page and I thought it made an eloquent testament to the power of music. From the Vimeo description by Life File Videos: “Jack Leroy Tueller, at age 90, recounts a remarkable experience he had in WWII.”

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by | March 3, 2012 · 5:51 am