Yuja Wang joins MTT and the SF Symphony for performances May 22-25 at Davies Symphony Hall
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / April 30, 2014
High resolution images of Michael Tilson Thomas and Yuja Wang are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library
YUJA WANG JOINS MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY FOR PERFORMANCES OF PROKOFIEV’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 AND LITOLFF’S SCHERZO FROM CONCERTO SYMPHONIQUE NO. 4 MAY 22-25 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
Program also includes Debussy’s Images and short works by Fauré, Schubert, and Grieg
SAN FRANCISCO, April 30 – Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony are joined by pianist Yuja Wang for performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Litolff’s Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 on May 22-25 at Davies Symphony Hall. These concerts also feature Debussy’s Images, Fauré’s Pavane, Schubert’s Entr’acte No. 3 in B-flat major from Rosamunde, and Grieg’s The Last Spring.
These SF Symphony performances feature an almost salon style sampling of short pieces chosen by MTT to showcase the Orchestra’s virtuosity. Each one reveals different facets of the orchestra, highlighting the quality of the different sections and the sensitivity and artistry of solo players in the ensemble.
Debussy’s alluring orchestral triptych Images—including its famous three-movement centerpiece, Ibéria—concludes the program. Though completed in 1912, Debussy first planned the work that would eventually become Images in 1905, the same year in which he completed La Mer. The complete Images have been played by the San Francisco Symphony only once previously, in October 1986, with Erich Leinsdorf conducting.
Says Tilson Thomas, “Debussy is a major part of my repertoire and one of my all-time favorite composers. I came to him through my father who loved Debussy’s music very, very much. Returning to the music of Debussy is always one of the parts of my musical year to which I look most forward.”
SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTING
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Yuja Wang piano
San Francisco Symphony
Fauré Pavane, Opus 50
Schubert Entr’acte No. 3 in B-flat major from Rosamunde, D.797
Grieg The Last Spring, Opus 34, no.2
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, Opus 10
Litolff Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D minor, Opus 102
These concerts are made possible through the generosity of PwC.
These performances are made possible by the generous support of Mrs. Henry I. Prien.
The May 23, 2014 concert is generously supported by Denise Hale in celebration of Michael Tilson Thomas¹s 20th anniversary as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony.
Yuja Wang’s appearance is supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Guest Artists.
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