Thursday, August 03, 2017

Al Fresco 2: SF Symphony Selfies at Pier 27

On a sunny Sunday a couple of weeks ago, we walked along the downtown San Francisco waterfront, which was jammed with people, including survivors of that morning's San Francisco Marathon, music lovers attending a free noontime concert by the San Francisco Symphony, and hordes of tourists taking selfies.

The huge lawn in front of the new Pier 27 cruise ship terminal is just about perfect for outdoor concerts except for the lack of shade on a rare, fog-free San Francisco summer day.

Edwin Outwater was the affable conductor of what was essentially a pops program of excerpts from Bernstein, Copland, Dvorak and Holst, and he even had the entire audience shouting out "Mambo!" on cue with the orchestra during the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

We didn't stay for the second half on account of frying by the sun without a cool sun hat like the daddy above.

So we continued walking down the waterfront, dodging the video selfie tourists.

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