Brahms's Symphony No. 4

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The year Haydn praised him as the greatest composer, Mozart premiered a sprightly concerto, now familiar from Amadeus. Pianist David Fray brings “pure Mozartean joy”  to the piece, according to a New York Times review of his performance of the piece at Lincoln Center. Toward the end of the 19th century, one was either a Wagnerian or a Brahms fan; today, we can happily enjoy both giants. Brahms’s energetic Fourth Symphony is at times wistful and at others, rambunctious, but totally fulfilling.

The Thursday Matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.

“[Fray’s playing is] beautifully balanced: delicate yet incisive." —THE NEW YORK TIMES

“The evening's hero was less visible than the singing actors on the stage, but a vital force in the orchestra pit. Asher Fisch's powerful and detailed conducting gave the production both propulsive excitement and detailed artistry — from the vivid overture to the joyous finale, which packs the punch of Beethoven's Ninth." —SEATTLE TIMES


Asher Fisch


David Fray


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Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin


Symphony No. 4

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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Pianist David Fray on Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 22 and 25

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"Mozart’s music requires considerable maturity (in outlook, if not in years), its graceful refinement offering artists nowhere to hide... On the basis of these recordings, Fray has an instinctive Mozartean affinity – he communicates fresh ideas with subtle, stylistic deftness." Read the full review of David Fray's recordings of Mozart's Piano Concertos No. 22 and 25 with conductor Jaap Van Zweden on

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  1. Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 2:00pm

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  2. Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 8:00pm

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  3. Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 2:00pm

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk free to ticketholders, begins one hour prior rehearsal and concerts.

Meet David Fray at a CD signing immediately following the concert on Friday, October 26 and Sunday, October 28 at the Symphony Store in the lobby.