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Susanna Mälkki leads 2 weeks of concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, October 15-24

September 16, 2015

   

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / September 16, 2015


SUSANNA MÄLKKI CONDUCTS TWO WEEKS OF CONCERTS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, OCT. 15-18; OCT. 22-24


Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Simon Trpčeski are soloists in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1
 

SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2015 – Susanna Mälkki returns to San Francisco to conduct two weeks of concerts with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in Davies Symphony Hall, October 15-18 and 22-24. The first week is a program of Russian music featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff as soloist in the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1. The Orchestra is highlighted in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and in Mussorgsky’s Dawn on the Moscow River arr. by Shostakovich. The second week of concerts showcases two works from the conductor’s homeland of Finland: the first SFS performance of Alma III: Soma by living composer Jukka Tiensuu, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. Pianist Simon Trpčeski is soloist on the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1.

Mälkki made her debut with the SFS in 2012, with the San Francisco Chronicle praising the “fleet dynamism of her podium technique and the depth of her interpretive focus.” She returned last season in 2014 to similar accolades. She takes this occasion to introduce Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu to Bay Area audiences. Tiensuu is a Modernist composer, harpsichordist and co-founder of Finland’s two largest contemporary music festivals, Musica nova Helsinki and the Time of Music festival in Viitasaari. Alma III: Soma was premiered by the Helsinki Philharmonic in 1998.

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