Highlights on the Classical Music scene in San Francisco this week begin tonight with baritone Matthias Goerne in recital with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes at the Herbst Theatre performing songs by Mahler and Shostakovich. On Friday at the Opera House, San Francisco Ballet opens the first of ten performances of its newly designed production of the ever-popular story ballet, Don Quixote. Across the street at Davies Hall, conductor Susanna Mälkki marks her debut with SF Symphony with pianist Horacio Gutiérrez for two performances, Friday and Saturday. The weekend concludes with an afternoon concert featuring members of the Symphony Chamber Orchestra and, later in the evening at 7:00 pm, violinist Joshua Bell performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D. Check below for additional information and to purchase tickets on-line.
Monday, 4/23. Herbst Theatre. 8:00 pm. SF Performances presents baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in concert
The Program includes songs by Mahler: Ich atment’ einen linden Duft; Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen; Es sungen drei Engel; Das irdische Leben; Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen; Wenn dein Mütterlein; Urlicht; Ich bin de Welt abhanden gekommen; Revelge; and Der Tamboursg’sell. Songs by Shostakovich include: Morning, Op. 145, No. 2; Separation, Op. 145, No. 4; Night, Op. 145, No. 9; Eternity, Op. 145, No. 11; Dante, Op. 145, No. 6; and Death, Op. 145, No. 10.
Highly praised for his warm, fluid baritone voice and his profound interpretations, Matthias Goerne is one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York, Wigmore Hall, London, and Teatro alla Scala, Milano. Goerne’s successful performance has been documented in numerous CD recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. Currently he records a series of 11 CDs with selected Schubert Songs (The Goerne/Schubert Edition) for Harmonia Mundi.
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Friday, 4/27 – 5/6. War Memorial Opera House. 8:00 pm. San Francisco Ballet presents Program 8: DON QUIXOTE
Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s staging of Don Quixote returns in its entire splendor, now with spectacular all-new scenery and costumes by Tony Award winning designer Martin Pakledinaz and lighting by James F. Ingalls. Miguel de Cervantes’ romantic and witty story, placed in the colorful streets of Spain, comes to life with a lively cast of characters, along with the bravado and excitement of some of classical ballet’s most technically demanding dances. Music by Léon Minkus. Ten performances; casting to be announced.
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Friday & Saturday, 4/27 – 4/28. Davies Symphony Hall. 8:00 pm. Susanna Mälkki conducts Prokofiev and Sibelius
Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in a program that includes Gérard Grisey’s “Modulations” from Les espaces acoustiques; the Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Opus 39; and the much admired Cuban-American pianist Horacio Gutiérrez performs Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Opus 26. Click here to order tickets on-line: SFSymphony
Davies After Hours: a post-concert music event featuring the Beth Custer Ensemble, begins immediately following the April 27 concert in the Second Tier lobby-turned-lounge. Free to April 27th ticketholders.
Off the Podium: an informal Q&A with Susanna Mälkki and Horacio Gutiérrez, begins immediately after the April 28th performance.
Susanna Mälkki’s versatility and broad repertoire have taken her to symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, contemporary music ensembles and opera houses around the world. She is currently Music Director of the Ensemble InterContemporain and in recent seasons has conducted some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Considered one of the great pianists of our time, Horacio Gutiérrez is consistently praised by critics and audiences alike for the poetic insight and technical mastery he brings to a diverse repertoire. Since his professional debut in 1970 with Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Gutiérrez has appeared regularly with the world’s greatest orchestras and on its major recital series. Mr. Gutiérrez’s Telarc recordings include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony, nominated for a Grammy Award. Also available on that label are separate discs of the Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2, both with André Previn and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony. For the Chandos label he has recorded Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3 with Neeme Järvi and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His television performances in Great Britain, the United States and France have been widely acclaimed, and won him an Emmy Award for his fourth appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Sunday, 4/29. Davies Symphony Hall. 2:00 Matinee. Chamber Music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
The Program will feature Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 12; Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata in C major for Two Violins, Opus 56; and the Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Opus 87. On violin, David Chernyavsky, Yun Chu, Leor Maltinski, In Sun Jang; Wayne Roden (viola), Sébastien Gingras (cello), and David Gross (piano).
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Sunday, 4/29. Davies Symphony Hall. 7:00 pm. Project San Francisco: Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
This all-Beethoven line-up includes the Coriolan Overture; Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61; and Symphony No. 7.
Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions which have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Often referred to as the poet of the violin, Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and is the newly named Music Director of The Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields. Bell first came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His Carnegie Hall debut and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader and composer who performs his own cadenzas to several of the major concerto repertoire.
Project San Francisco is an annual residency of acclaimed artists and composers featuring performance, educational, and community events. As part of the Symphony’s Centennial Initiatives, Project San Francisco provides concertgoers the opportunity to explore an artist’s vision, and hear in-depth collaborations with the Symphony.
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