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Sir András Schiff performs solo recital and orchestral engagements with the SF Symphony October 4-10 in Davies Symphony Hall

September 21, 2015

   

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / September 21, 2015



SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF PERFORMS A SOLO RECITAL AND CONDUCTS ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND CHORUS OCTOBER 4-10 IN DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 

October 4 solo recital concludes the pianist’s The Last Sonatas cycle, featuring late works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert

October 7-10 orchestral performances include Schiff performing and leading works by Mozart and Haydn, as well Schubert Lieder with vocal soloists
 

SAN FRANCISCO, September 21 – Sir András Schiff returns to Davies Symphony Hall October 4-10 for both a solo recital and as conductor and pianist with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Chorus. The Sunday, October 4 recital is part of Schiff’s The Last Sonatas cycle, which he has been performing internationally over the past two seasons. The orchestral concerts on October 7-10 see Schiff both as pianist and conductor with the SF Symphony, SF Symphony Chorus, and vocal soloists. These are András Schiff’s first performances in North America on the podium and at the piano leading chorus, orchestra and soloists. 

On Sunday, October 4, Schiff performs the third and final installment of his current recital cycle, The Last Sonatas. This entire cycle of recitals is comprised of the final three sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Schiff performed the first two installments of The Last Sonatas at Davies Symphony Hall this past February. The October 4 concert features Haydn’s Piano Sonata No. 62 in E-flat major, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Mozart’s Piano Sonata in D major, and Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat major. The October 4 recital is co-presented by the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Performances.

Sir András Schiff takes on the role of both pianist and conductor for the October 7-10 concerts with the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, Schiff leads the SFS and SFS Chorus in Haydn’s Mass in D minor, Lord Nelson. Like the Haydn Piano Sonata that Schiff performs on October 4, the Lord Nelson Mass was one of six masses written near the end of the composer’s life, which together are seen as a culmination of Haydn's liturgical composition. Schiff concludes the program with an intimate presentation of selected Schubert Lieder. Schiff performs these Lieder at the piano with soprano Anna Lucia Richter, contralto Britta Schwarz, tenor Werner Güra, and bass Robert Holl, all making their SF Symphony debuts in these concerts with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin will conduct the Lieder performances which will be accompanied by supertitles.

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