Thursday, September 12, 2013

Trans-Led Gay Russia Vigil at SF Symphony's Tchaikovsky Concert

A handful of activists with Gays Without Borders participated in the September 11 vigil outside the San Francisco Symphony's Davies Hall, before the orchestra performed gay Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. While the SF Symphony did not dedicate the performance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Russia, they did issue a statement championing support for LGBT folks everywhere.

Holding the rainbow flag and sign in Russian reading "Equality and Justice for All in Russia!", is Kim Makoi, left, a female-to-male transgender advocate and global queer activist. In the center is Bob Smith and I'm on the right.

                          (Credit: Bill Wilson Photography.)

Michael Tilson Thomas, the out gay music director of the SF Symphony, is seen in the poster behind us. On the right is Manuel Gonzalez, joining me for this photo-op.

(Credit: Petrelis Files.)

The rousing Tchaikovsky piece was expertly performed with gusto by the orchestra, with guest soloist Yefim Bronfman positively pouncing with finesse on the piano keys. He needed no sheet music to guide him as he played from memory. A total delight to experience this concerto live. It was nourishment for the ears and a balm upon my soul.

Within moments after concluding, the audience let loose enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation soon followed. Tilson Thomas, left, and Bronfman, at the piano, took several well deserved bows.

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