BEETHOVEN, MOZART, and BOTTI – This Week At SF Symphony

Take the 5th, the Magic Flute, and the hottest jazz trumpeter in town

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

MY CLASSIC BEETHOVEN
At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9th, James Gaffigan leads the SFS and pianist Jeremy Denk in an evening of Beethoven favorites, including the composer’s Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Emperor, and Symphony No. 5 in C minor. American pianist Jeremy Denk has established a reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists, with a wide-ranging, challenging repertoire. He has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, at the Ravinia Festival, and has been a featured artist-in-residence on NPR’s Performance Today.

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JEREMY DENK and LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

“Thus Fate knocks at the door!” That’s how Beethoven described the harrowing motif that launches his majestic Fifth Symphony. my classic Beethoven promises a riveting musical experience: the gripping Coriolan Overture, the incisive musicality of pianist Jeremy Denk in the Emperor Concerto – a signature piece of Beethoven’s “heroic” style – and the work that changed the landscape of Western music: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Symphony Store
Tickets are half price for ages 17 and under. Come early! Arrive one hour prior to start times for pre-concert entertainment in the lobby, specialty drinks, and desserts. Meet Jeremy Denk for an exclusive CD signing immediately following the concerts at the Symphony Store in the lobby. Purchase your CDs now at The Symphony Store.

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JAMES GAFFIGAN and W. A. MOZART (6th Grade)

MY CLASSIC MOZART
On Friday, July 10th, at 8:00, pianist Jeremy Denk returns to Davies Symphony Hall to perform with conductor James Gaffigan and the SFS. The concert program includes beloved works by Mozart including the Overture to The Magic Flute, Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, and Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Mr. Denk will again be available at the Symphony Store in the lobby for an exclusive CD signing immediately following the concert.

CHRIS BOTTI

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CHRIS BOTTI

Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti performs with the SFS and conductor Sarah Hicks at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11th and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12th. A gifted instrumentalist, talented composer, and charismatic performer, Botti has created a series of recordings that have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz. Through his combination of lush atmospheres and thoughtful improvisations, he has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation. Chris Botti is a veteran of both the contemporary jazz world and mainstream pop studio scene. He has worked with Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott, and renowned film composer John Barry, among others. Mr. Botti is often referred to as “the sexiest trumpeter since Chet Baker.” Sarah Hicks is the Assistant Conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra. She is the first woman to hold a titled conductor post in the Minnesota Orchestra’s history.
Meet Chris Botti for an exclusive CD signing immediately following the concerts at the Symphony Store in the lobby.

Add these recordings by CHRIS BOTTI to your Jazz Library. Click on the title to order on-line.

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ITALIA – Selections include: It Never Entered My Mind, The Way You Look Tonight, The Very Thought Of You, and more.
To Love Again – Selections include: Lover Man, Let There Be Love, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?, and more.
Night Sessions – Selections include: All Would Envy, When I See You, Through An Open Window, and more.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, 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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