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Herbert Blomstedt leads the orchestra in two weeks of concerts, with violin soloist Alexander Barantschik, and pianist Maria João Pires making her SFS debut, Feb 25-March 5 at Davies Symphony Hall

February 1, 2016

 

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(High resolution images of Maria João Pires, Herbert Blomstedt and Alexander Barantschik are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)


SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR LAUREATE HERBERT BLOMSTEDT LEADS THE ORCHESTRA IN TWO WEEKS OF CONCERTS FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 5 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Maria João Pires makes her SFS debut with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, February 25-27 Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik is soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major, March 2-5
 

SAN FRANCISCO, February 01 – San Francisco Symphony (SFS) Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt returns to the SFS to conduct two weeks of concerts February 25 – March 5 at Davies Symphony Hall. Blomstedt will lead the Orchestra February 25-27 in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor with pianist Maria João Pires making her SFS debut. The March 2-5 concerts feature three works by Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, Haffner, Symphony No. 41 in C major, Jupiter, and his Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major with SFS Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik as soloist. Blomstedt was SFS Music Director for ten years and is a frequent guest conductor, most recently in February of 2015 conducting the Brahms German Requiem and music by Sibelius and Mozart. He is a respected interpreter of Bruckner, and released a recording of his complete symphonies in 2012. Pires is a pianist of international stature, who performs for the first time with the San Francisco Symphony. Her DVD recording of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 was recently awarded a 2016 International Classical Music Award and she has several audio recordings of the work as well.

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