Two close friends of the SFS, Semyon Bychkov and Pinchas Zukerman, join the Orchestra in opening the season. The gorgeous melodies of Bruch’s concerto glow in the hands of the gifted Zukerman. If Tchaikovsky didn’t invent Russian Romanticism, he surely perfected it. Afraid that he might be “played out” at 48, he soon completed his awesome Fifth Symphony, a work unmatched in charting the journey from the melancholy of desperate longing to the triumph of the spirit.
"Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company." —LOS ANGELES TIMES
Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal is a working rehearsal. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion.
Overture to Tannhäuser
Violin Concerto No. 1
Symphony No. 5
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.