Mendelssohn’s vivacious first symphony was written at the sunrise of his career—he was but 15 when he composed the work, an imaginative, energetic, and totally delightful creation. By contrast, Richard Strauss was in the sunset of his compositional life when he produced the Oboe Concerto. But what a gloriously radiant sunset it is. SFS Principal Oboe William Bennett does the honors in the concerto.
The Thursday Matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.
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.
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In an interview, principal oboist Bill Bennett discusses the TV show Girls, the stash of chocolate in his SFS locker, and calls the Proust trilogy as “door-stopper.” Read the interview.