SAN FRANCISCO YOUTH ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 SEASON WITH WATTIS FOUNDATION MUSIC DIRECTOR DONATO CABRERA

The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) and Wattis Foundation Music Director Donato Cabrera open the 2012-13 season on Sunday, November 4 at 2pm in Davies Symphony Hall. The season includes Davies Symphony Hall concerts in March and May 2013, the latter featuring the  West Coast premiere of Nathaniel Stookey’s Mahl/er/werk; a debut appearance at the San Francisco Symphony’s fifth annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Community Concert; holiday performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with guest narrator Olympia Dukakis; and an appearance at the annual Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival at the newly-opened Green Music Center. The busy concert schedule and broad range of repertoire—from Stookey and Ligeti to Copland, Mozart and Tchaikovsky—highlight both the SFSYO’s high-caliber musicianship and the SFS’s commitment to nurturing future generations of musicians and concert-goers.

Before opening its regular three-concert series, the SFSYO for the first time performs at the San Francisco Symphony’s fifth annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Community Concert on Saturday, November 3 at 2pm. The Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Community Concert is an annual cultural collaboration to celebrate Mexican heritage and community with music and festivities for all ages. The SFSYO performs Copland’s El Salon México and José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango on the program, while other performers include the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, guest actors and dancers, and narrator Luis Valdez.

The Sunday, November 4 concert features Donato Cabrera leading the Youth Orchestra in a program of Copland’s El Salon México, Mozart’s Oboe Concerto featuring SFSYO 2012 Concerto Competition winner Liam Boisset, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1.

This year, the annual holiday performances of Peter and the Wolf  feature special guest narrator Olympia Dukakis and take place on Saturday, December 8 at 1pm and 4pm in Davies Symphony Hall. The program also includes an array of favorite holiday music for the entire family to enjoy.

On Sunday, January 20 at 3pm, the SFSYO takes part in the annual Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival, this year hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. Every year, six of the Bay Area’s most talented young orchestral ensembles participate in this festival, which is hosted by the San Francisco Symphony on a biannual basis.  Proceeds from the concert benefit six organizations, one within each orchestra’s local community, that provide resources to underserved and homeless youth.

On Sunday, March 24 at 2pm, Donato Cabrera and the SFSYO will perform their second concert, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Respighi’s Fountains of Rome, Richard Strauss’s Serenade for Winds, Op. 7, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

The SFSYO and Cabrera conclude the season on Sunday, May 19 at 2pm with a concert that includes the West Coast premiere of Nathaniel Stookey’s Mahl/er/werk, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Ligeti’s Atmosphères, and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2. Nathaniel Stookey’s latest orchestral work, Mahl/er/werk, was commissioned by NDR-Sinfonie (Hamburg) for the final concert of their centennial Mahler cycle and was premiered under Christoph Eschenbach before an audience of 10,000. It received its United States premiere at the New England Conservatory in 2011 and will be recorded by NDR in 2013. The Schleswig-Holsteiner Zeitung describes Mahl/er/werk as a “crazy puzzle” and an “intelligent, musically appealing, even exhilarating homage to Gustav Mahler.”

Nathaniel Stookey has a particularly special connection to the San Francisco Symphony and its Youth Orchestra: in addition to being an alumnus of the SFSYO, Stookey received his first commission from the SFS at the age of 17, for the Orchestra’s New and Unusual Music series. In 2006, the San Francisco Symphony commissioned, premiered, and recorded Stookey’s The Composer Is Dead, a sinister guide to the orchestra with narration by Lemony Snicket. The work has since been performed by over 100 orchestras on four continents and is one of the five most performed classical works of the 21st century, worldwide. In 2007, members of the SFSYO performed in the world premiere of Stookey’s Junkestra, a work for an orchestra of objects scavenged at the San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. Junkestra subsequently drew thousands of listeners to warehouses, public squares, and YouTube before being taken up by the San Francisco Symphony and other classical presenters.

About the SFSYO
The San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) is recognized internationally as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world. Founded by the San Francisco Symphony in 1981, the SFSYO’s musicians are chosen from more than 300 applicants in annual auditions.  The SFSYO’s purpose is to provide an orchestral experience of pre-professional caliber, tuition-free, to talented young musicians from the greater Bay Area.  The more than 100 diverse musicians, ranging in age from 12 to 21, represent communities from throughout the Bay Area.  The SFSYO rehearses and performs in Davies Symphony Hall under the direction of Wattis Foundation Music Director Donato Cabrera.  Jahja Ling served as the SFSYO’s first Music Director, followed by David Milnes, Leif Bjaland, Alasdair Neale, Edwin Outwater, and Benjamin Shwartz.

As part of the SFSYO’s innovative training program, musicians from the San Francisco Symphony coach the young players each Saturday afternoon in sectional rehearsals, followed by full orchestra rehearsals with Maestro Cabrera. SFSYO members also have the opportunity to work with many of the world-renowned artists who perform with the SFS each week.  SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, SFS Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Midori, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and many others have worked with the SFSYO.  Of equal importance, the students are able to talk with these prominent musicians, asking questions about their lives, their professional and personal experiences, and about music.

In June 2012, Donato Cabrera led the SFSYO on its eighth European tour.  For its series of six performances—including appearances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonie, the International Festival d’Echternach in Luxembourg, the Rheingau Festival Wiesbaden, Regensburg and Salzburg—the SFSYO won a 2011-12 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American music on foreign tours.

About Donato Cabrera
Donato Cabrera is the Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO). He works closely with SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and frequently conducts the San Francisco Symphony throughout the year, including the annual Día de los Muertos Community Concert, as well as the Concerts for Kids, Adventures in Music, and Music for Families concerts, which annually draw more than 60,000 young people and their families from throughout the Bay Area to Davies Symphony Hall. Cabrera made his San Francisco Symphony debut in April 2009 when he conducted the Orchestra with 24 hours’ notice in a program that included Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.    From 2005 to 2008, Cabrera was Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Opera, where he prepared the cast and conducted the first rehearsals for the world premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic as well as conducting performances of Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Tannhäuser, and The Magic Flute.  In December 2009, he made his debut with the San Francisco Ballet, conducting performances of The Nutcracker.

About Liam Boisset
2012-13 marks Liam Boisset’s second season in the SFSYO, where he participated in the ensemble’s July 2012 tour of Germany, Luxembourg, and Austria. He is currently a senior at San Francisco’s Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA). Boisset’s music studies began in a Yamaha music program for preschoolers at age four, where he studied keyboard and basic music theory. He began studying the oboe at age nine, and has been a member of the Contra Costa Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Oakland Youth Orchestra. Since 2009, he has studied oboe with San Francisco Symphony Principal Oboist William Bennett. In ninth grade, Boisset was admitted to the University Symphony Orchestra of the University of California at Berkeley. Summer festivals, camps and workshops include Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Summer Music West program, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.

About Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis is an actress, director, producer, teacher, activist, and author of the best-selling book Ask Me Again Tomorrow. She has won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Film Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Moonstruck. On Broadway she has performed in Rose and Social Security, and in London she has also performed in Rose, as well as Credible Witness. She has performed in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. Dukakis is a founding member of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ and she served as their Producing Artistic Director for 19 years. She is also a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. Film credits include Cloudburst, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who’s Talking I, II & III, and Mighty Aphrodite, among others.

About Nathaniel Stookey
First commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony at age 17, Nathaniel Stookey has gone on to collaborate with many of the world’s great orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, where he was composer-in-residence under Kent Nagano. Stookey’s concerto for two violins and strings, Double, was commissioned to represent the year 1999 in the millennial Festival of 999 Years of Music in Sheffield, England, and has since been released on Albany records. According to BBC commentator Norman Lebrecht, Stookey’s The Composer is Dead—which was commissioned, premiered, and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony—is one of the five most performed classical works of the 21st century, worldwide. In 2013, Stookey’s String Quartet No. 3 The Mezzanine, commissioned by Kronos Quartet, will receive it first performances in San Francisco. Read Nathaniel Stookey’s full biography here.

 

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS COMMUNITY CONCERT                                  Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall

Donato Cabrera conductor
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Ragnar Bohlin, director
Circulo Cultural, actors
Los Lupeños de San José, dancers
Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán
Luis Valdez, narrator

Copland  El Salón México (performed by the SFSYO)
Moncayo Huapango (performed by the SFSYO)
Ramírez Selections from Misa Criolla
Songs including:  El son del Gavilan, El Son de La Negra, and El Pasajero

The entire family is welcome to this afternoon matinee as the San Francisco Symphony’s Chorus and Youth Orchestra celebrate Mexican music and culture in its fifth annual Day of the Dead Community Concert. Doors open at 1pm and concertgoers may enjoy pre-concert festivities, refreshments and colorful displays celebrating Día de los Muertos in the Davies Symphony Hall lobby. The concert will be 90 minutes in duration and includes one 20-minute intermission. Click here to watch a short video showing scenes of the San Francisco Symphony’s Día de los Muertos Community Concert.

Tickets: $15-$68.  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.

Half price for ages 17 and under. Recommended for ages 7 and older.

 

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA                            Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall

Donato Cabrera conductor
Liam Boisset oboe
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Copland El Salon México
Mozart Oboe Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 1

Tickets: $45 reserved seating, $12 general admission. Available at sfsymphony.org, 415-864-6000, or the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

 

PETER AND THE WOLF                                                                       Saturday, December 10, 2012 at 1pm and 4pm
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

Donato Cabrera conductor
Olympia Dukakis narrator
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
Additional holiday repertoire TBA

Tickets: Davies Symphony Hall concerts $15-$57; half price for ages 17 and under. Available at sfsymphony.org, 415-864-6000, or the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.
BAY AREA YOUTH ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL                                        Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 3pm
Green Music Center
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

Youth Orchestras, program, and ticket information TBA

 

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA                            Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall

Donato Cabrera conductor
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Respighi Fountains of Rome
R. Strauss Serenade for Winds, Op. 7
Schumann Symphony No. 2

Tickets: $45 reserved seating, $12 general admission. Available at sfsymphony.org, 415-864-6000, or the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

 

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA                            Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2pm
Davies Symphony Hall

Donato Cabrera conductor
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Nathaniel Stookey Mahl/er/werk (West Coast premiere)
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Ligeti Atmosphères
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2

 

Tickets: $45 reserved seating, $12 general admission. Available at sfsymphony.org, 415-864-6000, or the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

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