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Conductor Krzysztof Urbański makes his San Francisco Symphony debut with pianist Emanuel Ax, January 14-16 at Davies Symphony Hall 

December 18, 2015

    

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / December 18, 2015 

CONDUCTOR KRZYSZTOF URBAŃSKI MAKES HIS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY DEBUT WITH PIANIST EMANUEL AX, JANUARY 14-16 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Concert features Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World

SAN FRANCISCO, December 18 – Conductor Krzysztof Urbański, who has garnered national acclaim as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the past five seasons, makes his San Francisco Symphony debut January 14-16 at Davies Symphony Hall. Urbański leads the Orchestra in Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and is joined by longtime friend of the SFS Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor.

The Chicago Tribune recently said of Urbański’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, “That he is no mere flashy wunderkind of the baton was shown by the freshly invigorated playing he drew from the CSO…his keen musical instincts and vigorous way of translating his ideas into orchestral sound [had ] both shape and meaning.”

Emanuel Ax is featured on the SF Symphony’s most recent SFS Media recording, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Michael Tilson Thomas. The album also includes Beethoven’s Mass in C major. Ax can also be heard on the 2011 SFS Media recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with MTT and the SFS. He was most recently heard in Davies Symphony Hall at Michael Tilson Thomas’s 70th Birthday celebration in January 2015, where he performed the Andante movement from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Rossini’s Galop from Overture to William Tell for Two Pianos with Jeremy Denk, and Liszt’s Hexameron for Six Pianos and Orchestra with Denk, Tilson Thomas, Yuja Wang, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Marc-André Hamelin.

After his performances with the SF Symphony, Ax joins violinist Itzhak Perlman in a recital at Davies Symphony Hall on January 18 that will feature sonatas by Mozart, Fauré, and Strauss. 

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