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San Francisco Symphony – Karina Canellakis Conducts Shostakovich

San Francisco Symphony – Karina Canellakis Conducts Shostakovich

Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

Karina Canellakis – Conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano

Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Karina Canellakis makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in a presentation of music by two Russian heavyweights: Prokofiev’s ravishingly colorful and percussive Piano Concerto No. 1, played by the Ukranian piano powerhouse Alexander Gavrylyuk (who also makes his SF Symphony debut at these concerts), and Shostakovich’s defiant 1941 bombshell, the Leningrad Symphony.

In the twilight of Imperial Russia, a brazen 21-year-old pianist submitted his own concerto as a graduation piece. A sassy and whimsical fantasy written for a formidable soloist (himself), the 1912 Piano Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev scandalized the old guard. Less than thirty years later, Shostakovich unveiled his Seventh Symphony, but Russia was a different place. The old guard was all but extinguished; Stalin had prosecuted his Great Terror, and Hitler held Leningrad under siege. 

San Francisco Symphony – Karina Canellakis Conducts Shostakovich

San Francisco Symphony – Karina Canellakis Conducts Shostakovich

Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

Karina Canellakis – Conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano

Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Karina Canellakis makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in a presentation of music by two Russian heavyweights: Prokofiev’s ravishingly colorful and percussive Piano Concerto No. 1, played by the Ukranian piano powerhouse Alexander Gavrylyuk (who also makes his SF Symphony debut at these concerts), and Shostakovich’s defiant 1941 bombshell, the Leningrad Symphony.

In the twilight of Imperial Russia, a brazen 21-year-old pianist submitted his own concerto as a graduation piece. A sassy and whimsical fantasy written for a formidable soloist (himself), the 1912 Piano Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev scandalized the old guard. Less than thirty years later, Shostakovich unveiled his Seventh Symphony, but Russia was a different place. The old guard was all but extinguished; Stalin had prosecuted his Great Terror, and Hitler held Leningrad under siege. 

San Francisco Symphony – Karina Canellakis Conducts Shostakovich

San Francisco Symphony – Karina Canellakis Conducts Shostakovich

Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich – Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

Karina Canellakis – Conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano

Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Karina Canellakis makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in a presentation of music by two Russian heavyweights: Prokofiev’s ravishingly colorful and percussive Piano Concerto No. 1, played by the Ukranian piano powerhouse Alexander Gavrylyuk (who also makes his SF Symphony debut at these concerts), and Shostakovich’s defiant 1941 bombshell, the Leningrad Symphony.

In the twilight of Imperial Russia, a brazen 21-year-old pianist submitted his own concerto as a graduation piece. A sassy and whimsical fantasy written for a formidable soloist (himself), the 1912 Piano Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev scandalized the old guard. Less than thirty years later, Shostakovich unveiled his Seventh Symphony, but Russia was a different place. The old guard was all but extinguished; Stalin had prosecuted his Great Terror, and Hitler held Leningrad under siege. 

San Francisco Symphony – DISNEY AND PIXAR’S UP

The unlikely duo of a 78-year-old curmudgeonly balloon salesman and an eight-year-old stowaway soon find themselves on a hilarious and heartwarming journey to a lost world filled with danger and surprises. Celebrate the world premiere with live orchestra and 10th anniversary of this Oscar-and Grammy Award-winning new classic when the SF Symphony performs the music live to film on the big screen.

Constantine Kitsopoulos

Conductor

Michael Giacchino

Composer

San Francisco Symphony – DISNEY AND PIXAR’S UP

The unlikely duo of a 78-year-old curmudgeonly balloon salesman and an eight-year-old stowaway soon find themselves on a hilarious and heartwarming journey to a lost world filled with danger and surprises. Celebrate the world premiere with live orchestra and 10th anniversary of this Oscar-and Grammy Award-winning new classic when the SF Symphony performs the music live to film on the big screen.

Constantine Kitsopoulos

Conductor

Michael Giacchino

Composer

San Francisco Symphony – BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

San Francisco Symphony – BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH

Electrifying young conductor Nimrod David Pfeffer leads the SF Symphony in the masterworks of history’s greatest classical icon: Big. Bold. Beethoven. Experience Beethoven’s triumphant Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor, a work of incomparable beauty that was written in the midst of Vienna’s Napoleonic invasion. Then in the grandest finale of all, witness the most recognizable opening in music history with Beethoven’s legendary Symphony No. 5.

Rodolfo Leone – Piano

Nimrod David Pfeffer – Conductor

Beethoven

Egmont Overture

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Beethoven

Symphony No. 5

San Francisco Symphony – HAMILTON’S LESLIE ODOM, JR.

San Francisco Symphony – HAMILTON’S LESLIE ODOM, JR.

Leslie Odom, Jr.’s sensational performance as Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s hit musical Hamilton launched him to international acclaim, and earned him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal vocalist. In his first performance with the SF Symphony, Leslie Odom, Jr. takes center stage at Davies Symphony Hall in a summer concert you won’t want to miss!

Damon Gupton – Conductor

Leslie Odom, Jr. – Vocalist

San Francisco Symphony – HAMILTON’S LESLIE ODOM, JR.

San Francisco Symphony – HAMILTON’S LESLIE ODOM, JR.

Leslie Odom, Jr.’s sensational performance as Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s hit musical Hamilton launched him to international acclaim, and earned him the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal vocalist. In his first performance with the SF Symphony, Leslie Odom, Jr. takes center stage at Davies Symphony Hall in a summer concert you won’t want to miss!

Damon Gupton – Conductor

Leslie Odom, Jr. – Vocalist

San Francisco Symphony – OUT OF THIS WORLD

San Francisco Symphony – OUT OF THIS WORLD

Join the SF Symphony on a journey to the far reaches of the universe as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Experience a spectrum of cosmic wonders enhanced with stunning visuals on the big screen, from mesmerizing masterworks by Ravel, R. Strauss, and Debussy, to intergalactic themes from Star Trek, to riveting blockbuster scores by legendary film composer John Williams. It’s an otherworldly musical ride you won’t want to miss.

Conductor/Performers

Sarah Hicks – Conductor

Astronaut Leland Melvin – Co-host

Tiffany Austin – Vocalist

José Francisco Salgado – Video Artist

Program

Courage/Custer

Star Trek Through the Years  

Debussy

Clair de lune

Ravel

Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 1

Ravel

Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

Michael Giacchino

Star Trek: Into Darkness 

R. Strauss

Introduction from Also sprach Zarathustra

J. Strauss, Jr.

By the Beautiful Danube Waltz

John Williams

Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Various

“Lunar Fantasy”

Horner

Music from Apollo 13

John Williams

Main Title from Star Wars

San Francisco Symphony – MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

San Francisco Symphony – MENDELSSOHN VIOLIN CONCERTO

Conductor Brett Mitchell leads the SF Symphony in an exhilarating concert of iconic masterworks. Carnival scenes, pastoral interludes, and ghastly dances with witches and sorcerers make Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique among the most vibrant orchestral music ever written. Then, a masterpiece hailed by many as the most lyrical and influential of its kind—Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto—performed by one of today’s most promising young artists, award-winning Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot.

Conductor/Performers

Brett Mitchell – Conductor
Blake Pouliot – Violin

Program

Berlioz

Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust

Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto

Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique