Thursday's German Requiem offered yet another grand performance from the S.F. Symphony, an unforgettable one by Ragnar Bohlin's brilliant SFS Chorus, and yet something refreshingly different from other approaches.
Alan Gilbert led the S.F. Symphony in a brief concert that was long on good graces, establishing close and effortless contact with the orchestra, and polishing off the two similar classics with panache.
Repeating the adjective on purpose: An extraordinary event is being planned on Dec. 3 in Herbst Theatre to honor the extraordinary mezzo and benefactor to young talent, especially in the Bay Area’s disadvantaged areas.