COURTESY CHRIS LEEViolinist Glenn Dicterow makes his first San Francisco appearance since his retirement from the New York Philharmonic in New Century Chamber Orchestra concerts this week.

COURTESY CHRIS LEEViolinist Glenn Dicterow makes his first San Francisco appearance since his retirement from the New York Philharmonic in New Century Chamber Orchestra concerts this week.

N.Y. Phil's Glenn Dicterow plays with New Century

Although he occupied one of the most prestigious positions in the classical music world for 34 years, and performed internationally in opulent concert halls, violinist Glenn Dicterow is most impressed by San Francisco’s breathtaking natural beauty.

“The walk to the Golden Gate is the most beautiful vision I’ve seen in the whole world – I don’t care where. There is nothing more beautiful than your city,” says the New York Philharmonic’s recently retired concertmaster, who appears with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in the Bay Area this week.

Like legendary fiddlers Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin, Dicterow, 66, has strong early ties to The City. “As a teenager, I used to commute from L.A., staying with my aunt and uncle on Parker Avenue, right between Geary and Turk. Every two weeks, I would have a violin lesson with the great Naoum Blinder, who taught my father and, of course, Isaac Stern,” he says.

Dicterow, now on the faculty of University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, has fond memories of a notable alumnus: “I’ve known Michael Tilson Thomas since he was a kid, so I know just how brilliant he is. He is an amazing conductor – in the mold of a Lenny Bernstein – and what he does in San Francisco is just terrific. He is the man for that job. You’re very lucky to have somebody like that in your city.”

A former pupil of Jascha Heifetz, Dicterow credits his success (more than 6,000 performances alongside 200 conductors) to his exposure to great musicians, and believes music educators should follow that example. His father Harold, a longtime violinist with for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, brought artists such as Leonid Kogan and Henryk Szeryng to the Dicterow home, and Glenn learned by watching them.

“People will remember technical wizardry for only a short time, and this generation may be over-inspired with all the many recordings on YouTube and Spotify. But turning a phrase like Fritz Kreisler – now, that’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives,” says Dicterow.

New Century’s program includes Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major (which Dicterow considers one of the most beautiful works ever written) and Brahms’ Sextet for Strings No. 1, as well as Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite” and Grieg’s “Two Nordic Melodies.” Dicterow says he was inspired to learn the latter two after hearing their haunting melodies on the radio.

IF YOU GO

New Century Chamber Orchestra

Dicterow Leads Brahms and Mozart

Where: Nourse Auditorium, 275 Hayes St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. March 7

Tickets: $29 to $61

Contact: (415) 392.4400, www.ncco.org

Note: Concerts also are at 8 p.m. March 5 in Berkeley, 8 p.m. March 6 in Palo Alto and 5 p.m. March 8 in San Rafael.

artsClassical Music & OperaGlenn DicterowNew Century Chamber OrchestraNew York Philharmonic

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Giants second baseman Donovan Solano scores on a double in the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Oracle Park on July 29. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Will the Giants make the playoffs? Kris Bryant may be the answer

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner You’d be hard-pressed to find… Continue reading

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years… Continue reading

A prescribed fire at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was conducted in June 2016 to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Paterson/National Park Service)
Experts, UC scientists discuss wildfires in the state’s riskiest regions

Wildfires are nothing new in California’s history, but the magnitude and frequencies… Continue reading

Fourth-grade students at Lucerne Valley Elementary School don masks and Western wear for a “Walk Through California” history day during in-person instruction. (Courtesy of Krystal Nelson)
Confusion over mask mandate for California schools sparks tension between districts and parents

By Diana Lambert EdSource Shifting rules around mask mandates at schools are… Continue reading

In his extensive filming of The City during the pandemic, Eric Goodfield said he has been “observing how the environment affects the behavior of people.” (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Filmmaker Eric Goodfield fixes lens on SF’s COVID days

140 days of shooting in The City made for ‘greatest adventure’

Most Read