San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / FEBRUARY 27, 2018
(High resolution images of Michael Tilson Thomas, Behzod Abduraimov, and Charles Wuorinen are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library. Photo credit L to R: Spencer Lowell, Nissor Abdourazakov, Nina Roberts)
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY GIVE WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES OF SUDDEN CHANGES BY CHARLES WUORINEN, MARCH 15–17
Program also includes Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Behzod Abduraimov in his SFS debut
SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) conducts the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in concerts March 15–17, giving the world premiere performances of SFS-commissioned Sudden Changes by Charles Wuorinen, celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday and his long-standing friendship with MTT. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Charles Wuorinen’s many honors include a 1986 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Reflecting on his time as the San Francisco Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence from 1985 to 1989, Wuorinen says, “Some of my most rewarding musical experiences came during the years I was the San Francisco Symphony's composer-in-residence, some 25 years ago, so it is a great joy again to be composing a new work for these wonderful musicians. And of course I have known and admired Michael Tilson Thomas for almost 50 years; renewing a collaboration we have had over these years is deeply gratifying.” Charles Wuorinen composed Sudden Changes as a light-hearted overture, using fragments from his opera Haroun and the Sea of Stories.
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