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String Quartets

September 28, 2021, 8:00 pm

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The power of four is on full display in performances of music by Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Haydn, and Gesualdo from the Pavel Haas, Elias, Brentano, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.


Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1
Pavel Haas String Quartet

Janáček: Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters
Elias String Quartet

Gesualdo (arr. Bruce Adolphe): Madrigals
Brentano String Quartet

Haydn: Quartet in F, Op. 20/5
St.  Lawrence String Quartet

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At the Keyboard

September 21, 2021, 8:00 pm

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Piano luminaries Martha Argerich, Mitsuko Uchida, Sir Andras Schiff, and Yuja Wang perform dazzling works by Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Brahms.


Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
Martha Argerich, piano; Santa Cecilia Orchestra: Sir Antonio Pappano, conductor

Brahms: Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
Sir Andras Schiff, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Bavarian Radio Symphony: Mariss Jansons, conductor

Beethoven: Finale of Piano Sonata No. 29, Hammerklavier
Yuja Wang, piano

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September 14, 2021, 8:00 pm

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A wide-ranging program features a sampling of different American sounds and composers including Bernstein, Gershwin, Higdon, and Burleigh.


Philadelphia Orchestra: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor, with with Lang Lang, Chick Corea, and Maxim Lando

Bernstein: On the Waterfront Suite

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Thomas Hampson, bass-baritone and Wolfram Rieger, piano

Jennifer Higdon: Civil Words (excerpts)

Burleigh: Ethiopia Saluting the Colors

Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin, pianos

Stravinsky: Tango for Two Pianos

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Barber: Cello Sonata

San Francisco Symphony: Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Gershwin: An American in Paris

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The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America

September 24, 2020, 9:00 pm

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The talented young artists of the NYO-USA, led by Sir Antonio Pappano, perform Berlioz and Strauss, featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.


Berlioz: Les nuits d’été
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

R. Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie

Elgar: Nimrod from Enigma Variations, Op. 36 (encore)

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Michael Tilson Thomas Leads the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler

September 17, 2020, 9:00 pm

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Music director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony present the bookends of Mahler’s symphonic career: his first symphony, “Titan,” and the Adagio from his unfinished tenth.


Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp major

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major 

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Budapest Festival Orchestra and Marc-André Hamelin

September 10, 2020, 9:00 pm

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Music director and conductor Iván Fischer leads the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Weber and Prokofiev, also featuring pianist Marc-André Hamelin.


Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Chopin (arr. Liszt): My Joys (Polish song)

Hamelin: Pavane Variée

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Anon: Traditional Russian Hymn (encore)

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L’Arpeggiata Presents Music of the Italian Renaissance

August 27, 2020, 9:00 pm

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Christina Pluhar (Photo: Marco Borggreve)

L’Arpeggiata presents an evening of Italian Renaissance-era selections, many composed by Salamone Rossi; led by Christina Pluhar and featuring Céline Scheen, soprano; and Giuseppina Bridelli, mezzo-soprano.


Rossi: Sinfonia from Il Palazzo Incantato

Rossi: “Vaghi Rivi” from Il Palazzo Incantato

Rossi: “Begl’occhi, che dite”

Rossi: “Dove mi spingi, amor” from Il Palazzo Incantato

Rossi: “Gelosia ch’a poco a poco”

Cazzati: Ciaccona from Trattenimento per camera d’arie, correnti, e balletti

Rossi: “Mio ben” from Orfeo

Rossi: “Dal imperio d’amore” from Orfeo

Rossi: “Questo picciolo rio”

L. Allegri: Canario from Il primo libro delle musiche

Rossi: “Dormite, begl’occhi” from Orfeo

Rossi: “Sol per breve tormento” from Il Palazzo Incantato

Rossi: “Se dolente e flebil cetra”

Rossi: “La bella più bella”

Rossi: Ballo from Il Palazzo Incantato

Sances: Sonata from L’Orontea

Rossi: “Al soave spirar d’aure serene”

Rossi: “Lasciate Averno” from Orfeo

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Sir András Schiff, piano

August 20, 2020, 9:00 pm

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Sir András Schiff (Photo: Nadia F. Romanini)

In a versatile display of emotion and range, the Hungarian pianist performs the final sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert.


Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Mozart: Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545

Schubert: Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958