Program also includes world premiere of Pandora, a new work by SFS Assistant Concertmaster Mark Volkert
Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in the world premiere of Pandora, a new work by SFS Assistant Concertmaster Mark Volkert, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, with pianist Yefim Bronfman, and R. Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks on December 5, 7, and 8 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and on December 6 at the recently opened Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.
Assistant Concertmaster of the SFS violin section since 1972, Mark Volkert’s Pandora is based on a chamber trio of the same name that he expanded for orchestra at the suggestion of SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. MTT says of Volkert, “he writes with such understanding and brilliance, especially for strings, because he is such a master string player himself.” The SFS has previously performed Volkert’s Sinfonietta for Small Orchestra (in 1981) and his Solus for Thirty Violins (in 1996). Volkert is the longest tenured musician currently performing in the orchestra, and many chamber music pieces have been performed by SFS musicians during Davies Hall chamber music concerts. The Youth Orchestra performed his Songs from the Sea in March 2000.
A frequent collaborator with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, Yefim Bronfman also performs chamber music with SFS musicians on December 9 at Davies Symphony Hall. This season Bronfman is engaged in a year-long orchestral and chamber residency with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, and also performs with the Vienna Philharmonic and Michael Tilson Thomas in Vienna and London in April 2013. Click here to see a video of Bronfman and MTT
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Davies Symphony Hall
Wednesday, December 5 at 8 pm (Davies)
Thursday, December 6 at 8 pm (Green Music Center)
Friday, December 7 at 8 pm (Davies)
Saturday, December 8 at 8 pm (Davies)
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Yefim Bronfman piano
San Francisco Symphony
R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Opus 28
Mark Volkert Pandora (World Premiere)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Opus 73, Emperor
PRE-CONCERT TALK: Scott Foglesong will give an “Inside Music” talk from the stage one hour prior to each concert. Free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before.
$15-$150 (Davies Symphony Hall); $15-$145 (Green Music Center). 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. Tickets for the Green Music Center concert are available at the Green Music Center Box Office, located on the first floor of the SSU Student Union in the interior of the Sonoma State University Campus.
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: 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.