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MTT leads two weeks of concerts celebrating Italian and Russian music, September 22-October 1  

September 13, 2016

    

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MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENT TWO WEEKS OF CONCERTS FEATURING ITALIAN AND RUSSIAN MASTERWORKS, SEPTEMBER 22-OCTOBER 1 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

September 22-24 concerts include Verdi’s Te Deum, Principal Oboe Eugene Izotov as soloist and leader in Marcello’s Oboe Concerto, tenor Michael Fabiano in Italian arias, and Berio’s Sinfonia for Eigth Solo Voices and Orchestra featuring The Swingle Singers

September 28-October 1 concerts feature the SFS-commissioned world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber Overture, Stravinsky’s Le Chant du rossignol and The Firebird Suite, and Yuja Wang performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with SFS Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye

SAN FRANCISCO, September 13 – Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) conducts the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in an all-Italian program September 22-24, featuring Verdi’s Te Deum with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, SFS Principal Oboe Eugene Izotov as both leader and soloist in Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in C minor, tenor Michael Fabiano performing an array of Italian arias by Verdi and Donizetti, and The Swingle Singers in Berio’s Sinfonia for Eight Solo Voices and Orchestra.

Although this will be a first SF Symphony performance of Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in C minor, it is one of the most frequently performed oboe concertos and arguably Marcello’s most famous work. It was written in the early 18th century and published in Amsterdam in 1716. Several printed and manuscript versions exist of Marcello’s Oboe Concerto.

Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia for Eight Solo Voices and Orchestra was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for its 125th anniversary and premiered on October 10, 1968 in a concert featuring The Swingle Singers, with Berio conducting. Berio later added a fifth movement and the full five-movement work was first performed by the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra at the 1969 Donaueschingen Festival. The San Francisco Symphony has only performed Berio’s Sinfonia once before in 1979, with Edo de Waart conducting.

Tenor Michael Fabiano sings a selection of Italian arias—all composed between 1832-1857—including Donizetti’s “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore and Verdi’s “Sento avvampar nell'anima” from Simon Boccanegra, “Il poveretto” from Eight Romanze (arranged for voice and orchestra by Berio) and “Tutto parea sorridereSì, di corsari il fulmine” from Il corsaro. Verdi’s Te Deum is part of a collection of choral works, Quattro pezzi sacri (Four Sacred Pieces) that were composed during the last decades of the composer’s life. Written in 1985-86, Te Deum has not been performed by the San Francisco Symphony since Michael Tilson Thomas led the work in December 1999.

On September 28-October 1, following the week of Italian works, MTT and the SFS perform the SFS-commissioned world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber Overture, Stravinsky’s Le Chant du rossignol and The Firebird Suite (1919 version), and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor with guest pianist Yuja Wang and Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye. Bright Sheng’s full-length Opera Dream of the Red Chamber received its world premiere at the San Francisco Opera on September 10. The opera is based off of one of China’s classic novels, which recounts the love triangle between a young nobleman and two different women: one a beautiful heiress, and the other his spiritual soul-mate. Dream of the Red Chamber Overture is commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and is a separate composition from Sheng’s new opera. The September 28-October 1 concerts feature music that will be performed during the SFS tour of Asia November 9-22. Dream of the Red Chamber Overture will be performed November 9 in Seoul, South Korea; November 15 in Shanghai, China; November 18 in Beijing, China; and November 21 in Tokyo, Japan. Also on the Asia tour, pianist Yuja Wang and Principal Trumpet Mark Inouye will take center stage in the SF Symphony’s performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Seoul, South Korea on November 9; Shanghai, China on November 17; Beijing, China on November 18; and Tokyo, Japan on November 21.