KURT MASUR – Conducts the SF Symphony in All–Mendelssohn Concert, 3/10–12

This Thursday through Saturday, March 10th–12th at Davies Symphony Hall, Kurt Masur will lead the San Francisco Symphony in performances of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and the complete Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sung in English, the featured soloists are Susannah Biller, Maya Lahyani, Itay Tiran on narration, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. SF Symphony Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye performs in Davies After Hours following the concert on Friday, March 11th.
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Kurt Masur – Former Music Director of the New York and London Philharmonics and also Honorary Music Director for Life of the Orchestre National de France.  Known for his interpretations of German Romantic music, Masur has conducted almost every major orchestra across the world, and recorded more than 100 albums including several with the London Philharmonic, with whom he created an in-house label, and a Grammy-nominated album with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the New York Philharmonic.  Known for his central role in the peaceful reunification of Germany in 1989, Masur has received government honors from many countries, including the Cross with Star of the Order of Merit (Germany), Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor (France), and the Commander Cross of Merit (Poland).

SUSANNAH BILLER, Soprano — MAYA LAHYANI, Mezzo-soprano

Susannah Biller, Soprano – is a first-year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.  This season, she appeared as Sophie and Katchen in Werther and Kristina in The Makropulos Case. She recently made her debut with San Francisco’s Ensemble Parallèle as “Eurydice” in Philip Glass’ Orphée .

Maya Lahyani, Mezzo-soprano – is also a first-year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.  Lahyani served as a soldier-musician in the Israeli defense forces before receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York, and was also a member of the Merola Opera program in San Francisco in 2009.

ITAY TIRAN, Narrator

Itay Tiran – is one of Israel’s most esteemed actors. Trained as a concert pianist, he graduated the Telma Yalin Hight School of Arts and switched to acting, entering the celebrated Beit Zvi School of Drama, where he graduated with highest distinction and received the Claire Award. During his time at Beit Zvi he gave a highly acclaimed rendering of Richard II, and In 2003 Tiran was awarded the ‘Promising Young Actor Award’ by the Israeli Theatre. He has played leading roles in Award winning Films such as Forgiveness , presented at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival , Beaufort , which won the Silver Bear Award for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007 and was later nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Category for 2008 and Lebanon which won The Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2009. Tiran has performed Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream with the Israel Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France under Kurt Mazur. He is also a member of the The Gropius Ensemble, a group which combines theatrical and classical music elements. 

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SF Symphony Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye performs in Davies After Hours following the concert on Friday, March 11th in the Second Tier lobby-turned-lounge. Free to ticketholders.


Mark Inouye – is Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony and holder of the William G. Irwin Charity Foundation Chair. He served as co-principal trumpet with the New World Symphony and principal with the Charleston Symphony before joining the SFS in 1999. In May of 2004, he performed The Bull Behind the Horns – A Jazz Suite, which is available on his debut jazz CD at inouyejazz.com. In his spare time Mr. Inouye likes to surf and mountain bike. He recently participated in a few half-marathons and is training for the California International Marathon.

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