Former San Francisco Symphony (SFS) Music Directors Herbert Blomstedt (who is now Conductor Laureate) and Edo de Waart return to Davies Symphony Hall in February to lead the orchestra in three weeks of subscription programs as part of the current Centennial Season.
Blomstedt’s first program will feature Garrick Ohlsson as piano soloist, performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s K. 271 concerto in E-flat major. During Blomstedt’s tenure as Music Director, Ohlsson appeared as soloist four times. This concerto is sometimes called “Jeunehomme” (young man) and is often regarded as Mozart’s first mature piano concerto. (He composed it in 1777 in his early twenties.) On this program the concerto will be given as the first half, followed, after the intermission, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Opus 64 symphony in E minor (his fifth).
There will be three performances of this concert in Davies Symphony Hall. These will take place at 2 PM on Thursday, February 2, 6:30 PM on Friday, February 3, and 8 PM on Saturday, February 4. The Inside Music Talk will be given by Susan Key one hour prior to each concert, free to all ticket holders. In addition a free podcast about Tchaikovsky’s symphony will be available for download from the Podcast page shortly before the first performance. Ticket prices range from $15 to $145 and may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the Symphony Web site. Tickets may also be purchased at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street or by calling 415-864-6000.
The following week the program will consist entirely of Anton Bruckner’s fifth symphony in B-flat major This will be given only two performances, but there will also be an open rehearsal. That rehearsal will take place at 10 AM on Wednesday, February 8, with $22 for general admission and $37 for reserved seating. Tickets may be purchased through the rehearsal’s own event page. The two concerts, which have a separate event page, will both take place at 8 PM on Wednesday, February 8, and Friday, February 10, respectively. Ticket prices again range from $15 to $145. The Inside Music talk will be given by Scott Foglesong, and there will be a free podcast about the symphony.
The following week pianist Simon Trpčeski will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Opus 40 concerto in G minor (the last of his four) with Edo de Waart on the Davies podium. Trpčeski last appeared in Davies to perform Edvard Grieg’s A minor piano concerto (Opus 16) with the SFS in April of 2010 under guest conductor Vasily Petrenko. Following the overture-concerto-symphony format, de Waart will begin with the opening prelude for Franz Schrecker’s opera Die Gezeichneten (the stigmatized one) with a libretto based on the five-act Schauspiel by Frank Wedekind. The symphony for the program will be the Opus 78 in C minor by Camille Saint-Saëns, best known as the “Organ” symphony, due to the obbligato part for full pipe organ.
This program will be given four performances in Davies Symphony Hall. These will take place at 2 PM on Thursday, February 16, and Sunday, February 19, and at 8 PM on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18. The Inside Music Talk will be given by Laura Stanfield Prichard, and the free podcast will be about the symphony. Ticket prices range from $15 to $145 and may be purchased through the event page for this concert.