HILARY HAHN – This week at the San Francisco Symphony

Famed violinist will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto In D major, Opus 35

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Symphony Associate Conductor James Gaffigan leads the San Francisco Symphony in an all-Russian program November 26th, 28th and 29th at Davies Symphony Hall, featuring violinist Hilary Hahn. Tchaikovsky’s The VOYEVODA, op. 78 opens the program followed Ms Hahn performing Tchaikovsky’s VIOLIN CONCERTO in D Major Opus 35. The program also includes Glinka’s KAMARINSKAYA and Shostakovich’s SYMPHONY No. 1. Laura Stanfield Prichard gives the “Inside Music” talks one hour prior to each concert – available to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before. Hilary Hahn will sign CDs in the Symphony Store following the concerts on Wednesday, November 26th and Saturday, November 29th . Click here to purchase tickets on-line: Hilary Hahn plays Tchaikovsky

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HILARY HAHN, Violinist and JAMES GAFFIGAN, Conductor

James Gaffigan joined the San Francisco Symphony as Associate Conductor in the fall of 2006, and leads the orchestra in numerous concerts throughout the season, including subscription weeks and all classical Summer in the City series concerts. He also assists SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas during his Davies Symphony Hall conducting weeks, national and international tours, and with SFS recording and multimedia projects. He made his subscription concert conducting debut with the SFS in March 2007.

Increasingly active as an opera conductor, Mr. Gaffigan led his first opera production in 2003, conducting six performances of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Shepherd School of Music. He made his professional opera debut at the ZURICH OPERA in June 2005 conducting LA BOHÈME, and returned to Zurich for seven revival performances of the same production in May 2006.

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As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Hilary Hahn has released five albums in the past six years, including works by Bach, Elgar, Mozart, and Vaughan Williams. A recent recording featured a collaboration with the Swedish Radio Symphony, pairing Paganini’s Concerto No. 1 and Spohr’s Concerto No. 8. Her most recent album—the violin concertos of Sibelius and Schoenberg, also with the Swedish Radio Symphony—was released in the spring of 2008. Prior to signing with Deutsche Grammophon, Ms. Hahn made five recordings for Sony Classical, featuring music by Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky, as well as a concerto written for her by American bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.

Hilary Hahn has performed as soloist on the soundtrack to M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village and as a guest on albums by the band . . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead. Most recently, she wrote and performed violin parts on singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau’s record Grand Forks. Upcoming projects include concert collaborations with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and mandolinist Chris Thile, a commissioned concerto by Jennifer Higdon, and a collection of contemporary encore pieces by living composers. Ms. Hahn’s honors include a Grammy award for her recording of the Brahms and Stravinsky violin concertos, the Diapason d’Or and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Click on the date to purchase tickets on-line:
WEDNESDAY, November 26th at 8:00 pm
FRIDAY, November 28th, at 8:00 pm
SATURDAY, November 29th, at 8:00 pm

Add these recordings to your Classical Library:
CD – The VOYEVODA, op. 78 – Conductor Arturo Toscanini conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Other selections include Vladimir Horowitz playing the Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23, etc.
CD – VIOLIN CONCERTO in D Major Opus 35, by Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky – Malcolm Sargent conducts the New Symphony Orchestra, featuring violinist Ruggiero Ricci. CD also includes Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 conducted by George Szell, featuring pianist Clifford Curzon.
CD – GLINKA: Kamarinskaya – Russian scherzo, fantasy for orchestra, G. ii105. William Steinberg conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Other selections include Polovtsian Dances, No.8, Slavonic March, for orchestra, Op. 31, etc.
CD – SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies 1 and 6 – Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic.
CD – THE HILARY HAHN COLLECTION – Box Set edition. Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Selections include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms, Leonard Bernstein, Ludwig van Beethoven.
CD – HILARY HAHN PLAYS BACH – MP3 Download version. Selections include Partita No. 2 for Violin in D minor, Partita No. 3 in E Major, Sonata No. 3 in C Major.
CD – HILARY HAHN: Paganini and Spohr – Selections include Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6 by Niccolò Paganini and Concerto for Violin no 8 in A minor, Op. 47 “in modo di scena cantante” by Louis Spohr.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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