RUFUS WAINWRIGHT – World Premiere of Five Shakespeare Sonnets, November 11–13

Jeffrey Kahane conducts the Orchestra in Weill’s Symphony No. 2 and
leads from the keyboard in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright. Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.
Wainwright’s much acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna the Story of an Opera, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. The opera debuted in London at Sadler’s Wells in April 2010, and its North American debut in Toronto at the June 2010 Luminato Festival. He has composed a musical adaptation of Shakespeare Sonnets with noted Director Robert Wilson at the Berliner Ensemble which premiered in April of 2009. With the success of the performances, and encouragement from San Francisco Symphony, Wainwright was further inspired to create full orchestrations for the Sonnets. “One cannot immerse themselves in Shakespeare’s sonnets,” Wainwright said, “and not be submerged, drowned, and finally resurrected a better human being. They are, hands down, the greatest works ever written.”

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Wainwright has released eight albums and two DVDs to date, and has appeared on numerous soundtracks and compilations, as well as collaborating with artists such as Elton John, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash and Keane. His newest album  titled, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, was released earlier this year. His album, Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a Grammy. It was released concurrently with a live DVD (Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!) capturing his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007. His previous album, Release the Stars, went Gold in Canada and the U.K.

Renowned as both a pianist and conductor, Jeffrey Kahane is the Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership both ensembles received 2007 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Kahane has been a guest artist with the SFS since 1974. He most recently performed Copland’s Piano Concerto with the Orchestra under MTT’s baton in September 2003.

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