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Christian Reif and Daniel Harding conduct the SF Symphony in April 

March 14, 2018


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MARCH 14, 2018


   (High resolution images of Daniel Harding, Paul Lewis, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and Christian Reif are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library. Photo credit L to R: Julian Hargreaves, Josep Molina / Harmonia Mundi, B Ealovega, Terrence McCarthy)


GUEST CONDUCTOR DANIEL HARDING AND PIANIST PAUL LEWIS MAKE THEIR SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY DEBUTS, APRIL 12–14

RESIDENT CONDUCTOR CHRISTIAN REIF LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, APRIL 26–29

April 12–14 concerts include R. Strauss’ Ein Alpensinfonie and Paul Lewis performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

April 26–29 concerts feature Holst’s The Planets, Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
 

SAN FRANCISCO, CADaniel Harding makes his San Francisco Symphony (SFS) conducting debut April 12–14 at Davies Symphony Hall, leading the Orchestra in R. Strauss’ tone poem Ein Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)—the composer’s musical depiction of a day spent climbing in the Alps. Currently Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Harding is also Conductor Laureate of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has worked for over 20 years. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 concludes the program, with English pianist Paul Lewis also making his SFS debut. Lewis’ cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, three Gramophone awards, the Diapason D'or de l'Année, the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and the South Bank Show Classical Music award. He holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill, and Southampton Universities, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours. Please visit Paul Lewis’ website for his full biography.

April 26–29 concerts, led by San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor Christian Reif, feature Holst’s astrologically-inspired suite The Planets. Reif is in his second season as Resident Conductor and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra; he made his SFS debut in 2015, following two seasons as Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami, where he was mentored by Michael Tilson Thomas. For the 1920 premiere performance of The Planets by the London Symphony Orchestra, Holst provided this note: “These pieces were suggested by the astrological significance of the planets; there is no programme music, neither have they any connection with the deities of classical mythology bearing the same names. If any guide to the music is required the subtitle to each piece will be found sufficient, especially if it be used in the broad sense. For instance, Jupiter brings jollity in the ordinary sense, and also the more ceremonial type of rejoicing associated with religions or national festivities. Saturn brings not only physical decay, but also a vision of fulfillment. Mercury is the symbol of mind.” Women of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus join the SFS in the performance of Neptune, the Mystic.  The concerts also include pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performing Liszt’s poetic Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung, the final portion of Wagner’s four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungen).

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