The San Francisco Symphony was invited to Vienna to participate in the International Festival celebrating the life and music of Gustav Mahler, which comes as no surprise to the music world as Tilson-Thomas is renowned for his interpretation of Mahler's music. However, although I am sure it was moving, I came for the Beethoven 5th that they performed on Sunday.
We lunched with an old friend Tim. A and I were sitting with our backs to the wind and after frequently and fruitlessly swiping our hair out of our faces, I finally asked Tim if we could switch seats. As you can see, he wasn't going to have any issues.
The performance was at the Weiner Konzerthaus. When I told the taxi where to take us, he couldn't understand me....because I put the accent on the first syllable and he places it on the second - KonZERThaus. How many times has that happened to me, I've lost count. Can you believe a little accent can change things so much?