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San Francisco Symphony performs annual free outdoor concerts at the Stern Grove Festival July 6 and Civic Center Plaza July 27

June 3, 2014

Public Relations
San Francisco Symphony
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FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE / June 3, 2014 updated June 13


SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2014 updated June 13 – The annual San Francisco Symphony free outdoor concerts return to the Stern Grove Festival Sunday, July 6 and San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza Sunday, July 27 as part of the Orchestra’s Summer & the Symphony concert series, led by Director of Summer Concerts Edwin Outwater. These annual free community concerts are a perfect opportunity to bring a picnic lunch and spend a Sunday afternoon listening to the San Francisco Symphony with friends and family, enjoying great music in the beautiful settings of two of San Francisco’s most treasured outdoor spaces.

On Sunday, July 6 at 2 pm, the Orchestra returns to the Stern Grove Festival for its annual free concert in the Sigmund Stern Grove, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. Guest soloist, Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone, performs with the SFS improvising on Ravel’s well-known classical pieces Bolero and Pavane pour une infant défunte, including SFS principal musicians Mark Inouye (trumpet), Scott Pingel (bass), and Jacob Nissly (percussion) forming a solo jazz quartet with Ozone. The concert includes musically diverse styles from the jazz of Leonard Bernstein and Henry Mancini, to Richard Rodgers’ Broadway sound, to music by American composers Morton Gould, Raymond Scott, and Howard Hanson.

On Sunday, July 27 at 2 pm, the SF Symphony performs at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza following the Orchestra’s wildly successful 100th Anniversary Celebration there in the fall of 2011. Violinist Benjamin Beilman takes center stage in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Opus 64 and the Orchestra performs additional short classical pieces by Tchaikovsky and Mozart. Food and beverage vendors from Off the Grid, booths and free giveaways add to the festivities.

Pianist Makoto Ozone released his recording Time Thread in 2013, his third duo album with vibraphonist Gary Burton. The recording coincided with a month-long tour of Japan with Burton, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of his world debut. In addition to composing for and playing with Burton, Ozone has worked with many other top international jazz musicians including Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis. In 2004, he formed the "No Name Horses" big band in Japan. The band has been performing successfully in France, Austria, the US, the UK, Singapore, and Japan ever since. In recent years, Ozone has been performing works from the classical repertoire, and has worked with numerous world-renowned orchestras and conductors playing concertos by Gershwin, Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. In addition to his performing career, Ozone hosts a popular jazz music radio program and writes music for live theater and TV. In February, he toured Asia with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert. These are his first performances with the San Francisco Symphony.

Violinist Benjamin Beilman was recently awarded a Borletto-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, which helps outstanding young musicians develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. This season, he makes his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the New York Youth Symphony and his Carnegie recital debut in a program that includes the premiere of a new work by David Ludwig and commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Additionally, Beilman appears with the London Philharmonic at Royal Festival Hall, the Los Angeles and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras, the Buffalo and Chicago Philharmonics, and the Fort Worth and Greenville Symphonies. An avid chamber musician, Beilman appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a member of CMS Two. He also appears as a guest artist at Music@Menlo, Bay Chamber Concerts, Music from Angel Fire, and Chamber Music Northwest, as well as at the Bridgehampton, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Sedona Chamber Music Festivals. His performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor on July 27 will be his first with the San Francisco Symphony.

Conductor Edwin Outwater was named the San Francisco Symphony’s Director of Summer Concerts in May, 2014. This newly created position encompasses Outwater’s creative leadership of the San Francisco Symphony’s annual Summer and the Symphony concerts for two years. This season he brings a unique twist on quintessential repertoire and increased audience engagement to the summer classical concerts, conducting ten performances in total. Edwin Outwater is currently in his seventh season as Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and regularly conducts the Chicago and New World Symphonies. He has been a colleague of the SFS for over a decade. He held the position of SFS Resident Conductor from 2001-2006 and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2001-2005. In 2006, Outwater conducted the San Francisco Symphony’s world premiere performance and recording of The Composer is Dead by Nathaniel Stookey and Lemony Snicket, which was later released as a book and recording by HarperCollins.

Calendar editors, please note:


Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco

Sunday, July 6 at 2 pm

Edwin Outwater conductor
Makoto Ozone piano
Mark Inouye trumpet
Scott Pingel bass
Jacob Nissly percussion

San Francisco Symphony

Bernstein Overture to Candide
Rodgers Carousel Waltz from Carousel
Mancini Baby Elephant Walk
Gould Pavanne from American Symphonette No. 2
Scott Powerhouse
Hanson Merry Mount Suite
Bernstein Selections from Divertimento for Orchestra (Waltz, Blues, Turkey Trot)
Ravel Pavane pour une infant défunte (with jazz improvisation)
Ravel Boléro (with jazz improvisation)

Tickets: Free; no tickets required.


Polk Street between Grove and McAllister streets, San Francisco

Sunday, July 27 at 2 pm

Edwin Outwater conductor
Benjamin Beilman violin
San Francisco Symphony

Mozart Overture to The Magic Flute, K.620
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Opus 64
Tchaikovsky Marche slave, Opus 31
Tchaikovsky International Dances from Swan Lake, Opus 20
Tchaikovsky Waltz from Sleeping Beauty, Opus 66

Director of Summer Concerts Edwin Outwater leads the San Francisco Symphony in their annual free summer concert held this year in front of City Hall at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for the performance’s encore; details on how to vote will be announced at a later time.

Tickets: Free; no tickets required

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The San Francisco Symphony receives support from over 10,000 individual donors and 150 partner institutions.

Summer & the Symphony is generously made possible by Lead Sponsor Chevron and Supporting Sponsor Wells Fargo.

The free concert in Civic Center Plaza is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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