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
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Buy tickets to the September 5 performance and be entered to win the opportunity to meet conductor Semyon Bychkov and violinist Pinchas Zukerman and have refreshments immediately following the concert. No purchase necessary to win. See contest rules and full details.
San Francisco Symphony
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
Concert length is approximately 2 hours.
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5
Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1
Watch a Video
Zukerman reflects on Bruch's violin concerto in "Two Minutes with Pinchas Zukerman."
Read an Article
"It's happening now with such reliable consistency you could set your watch by it, if you had a watch. Conductor Semyon Bychkov makes a guest appearance with the San Francisco Symphony, and the orchestra responds with a performance of depth, passion and brilliance..." Read the full article on SFGate