SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

Five concert programs each feature music by living composers

Yefim Bronfman to perform in Brahms’ Piano Quartet in F minor

The 2012-2013 San Francisco Symphony(SFS) Chamber Music Series at Davies Symphony Hall features six concert programs of repertoire chosen by SFS musicians.  Five of the concerts feature a work by a living composer and a sixth features Beethoven string quartets as part of the May 2013 Beethoven Project. Special guest Yefim Bronfman joins SFS musicians in December for a performance of Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor.

The performance on October 14 at 2 pm will feature Prélude et Danse for low brass and percussion by French composer Jacques Castérède, a student of Olivier Messiaen. On December 9, the complete SFS horn section will perform Hornworks by American composer Bruce Broughton, who has written soundtracks for films such as Silverado and The Rescuers Down Under and whose music was included on The Bay Brass’ 2011 Grammy-nominated CD Sound the Bells!, featuring members of the SFS brass section. On April 7 at 2 pm, SFS musicians perform Books I-IV from George Crumb’sMadrigals. American composer George Crumb is known for his exploration of unusual instrumental timbres. The performance on June 23 features composer Dalit Warshawand her works Transformations for string quartet and theremin (an early electronic instrument using the position of the players’ hands in between antennas to determine pitch and volume) and Nizk’Orah for cello, piano, and theremin.  Warshaw, born in New York in 1974, studied composition at the Juilliard School, and her works have been performed by orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. She performs the theremin part on both of her own works on this program as well as on Martinů’s Fantasia for string quartet, piano, oboe, and theremin.

Other works programmed for this season include the Ravel String Quartet in F major (February 3), Schubert’s Trout quintet (October 14), Brahms’ Piano Quartets in C Minor (February 3) and A major (June 23), and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, featuring special guest Yefim Bronfman joining SFS musicians (December 9). On May 12, musicians perform three Beethoven string quartets as part of the May 2013 Beethoven Project, which also includes three full orchestra concert programs led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik and SFS musicians also perform four chamber music concerts at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, beginning December 9.

Please see below for complete chamber concert programs and personnel.  For more information about individual San Francisco Symphony musicians, please visit the About Us section of our website.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC with SF Symphony Musicians       Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm   Davies Symphony Hall

Jacques Castérède Prélude et Danse
Timothy Higgins, trombone; Paul Welcomer, trombone; John Engelkes, bass trombone; Jeffrey Anderson, tuba; James Lee Wyatt III and Raymond Froehlich, percussion; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
Ysaÿe Sonata in C for Two Violins, Op. Posthume
Chen Zhao, Florin Parvulescu, violin
Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, Trout
Diane Nicholeris, violin; Yun Jie Liu, viola; David Goldblatt, cello; Charles Chandler, bass; Gwendolyn Mok, piano

Tickets: $36.  Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC with SF Symphony Musicians and Yefim Bronfman    Sunday, December 9 at 2 pm   Davies Symphony Hall

John Harbison Twilight Music: Trio for Horn, Violin, Piano
Nicole Cash, horn; Dan Carlson, violin; Marc Shapiro, piano
Dohnányi Serenade in C major for String Trio, Opus 10
Yukiko Kurakata, violin; Katie Kadarauch, viola; Sébastien Gingras, cello
Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Opus 34
Nadya Tichman, Dan Nobuhiko Smiley, violin; Jonathan Vinocour, viola; Amos Yang, cello; Yefim Bronfman, piano

Tickets: $36.  Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC with SF Symphony Musicians          Sunday, February 3 at 2 pm   Davies Symphony Hall

Bruce Broughton Hornworks—Theme and Variations for 2 Descant Horns, 3 Horns in F, and Tuba
Robert Ward, Nicole Cash, Jonathan Ring, Bruce Roberts, Jessica Valeri, horns; Peter Wahrhaftig, tuba
Ravel String Quartet in F major
Polina Sedukh, David Chernyavsky, violin; Wayne Roden, viola; David Goldblatt, cello
Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Opus 60
Sarn Oliver, violin; Matthew Young, viola; Sébastien Gingras, cello; Akimi Fukuhara, piano

Tickets: $36.  Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC with SF Symphony Musicians                 Sunday, April 7 at 2 pm   Davies Symphony Hall

Andriasov Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Opus 7
Victor Romasevich, violin; Jill Brindel, cello; Marilyn Thompson, piano
George Crumb Madrigals, Books I-IV
Catherine Payne, piccolo; Scott Pingel, bass; Douglas Rioth, harp; James Lee Wyatt, III; percussion
Bruch Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano
David Neuman, clarinet; Wayne Roden, viola; June Oh, piano
Hindemith Octet (1958)
Dan Carlson, violin; Jonathan Vinocour and David Kim, viola; Peter Wyrick, cello; Mark Wright, bass; David Neuman, clarinet; Steven Dibner, bassoon; Bruce Roberts, horn

Tickets: $36.  Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC with SF Symphony Musicians: Beethoven      Sunday, May 12 at 2 pm   Davies Symphony Hall

Beethoven String Quartet in G major, Opus 18, No. 2
Yun Chu, Amy Hiraga, violin; Nanci Severance, viola; Peter Wyrick, cello
Beethoven  String Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 74, Harp
Dan Carlson, Melissa Kleinbart, violin; Katie Kadarauch, viola; Amos Yang, cello
Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat major, Opus 127
Mariko Smiley, Kelly Leon-Pearce, violin; Gina Feinauer, viola; Margaret Tait, cello

Tickets: $36.  Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

 

CHAMBER MUSIC with SF Symphony Musicians             Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm   Davies Symphony Hall

Dalit Warshaw Transformations for String Quartet and Theremin
John Chishom, Chunming Mo, violin; Yun Jie Liu, viola; Barbara Bogatin, cello; Dalit Warshaw, theremin
Dalit Warshaw Nizk’Orah for Cello, Piano, and Theremin
Barbara Bogatin, cello; Robin Sutherland, piano; Dalit Warshaw, theremin
Martinů Fantasia for string quartet, piano, oboe, and theremin
Jonathan D. Fischer, oboe; John Chisholm, Chunming Mo, violin; Yun Jie Liu, viola; Barbara Bogatin, cello; Robin Sutherland, piano; Dalit Warshaw, theremin
Brahms Piano Quartet in A major, Opus 26
Nadya Tichman, violin; Katie Kadarauch, viola; Michael Grebanier, cello; Marc Shapiro, piano

Tickets: $36.  Tickets are available at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

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