Rachmaninoff’s “Paganini Rhapsody”

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Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff once declared, "I try to make my music speak simply and directly that which is in my heart."  Hear the ravishing Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with 22 year-old piano sensation Daniil Trifonov –“A knockout!” raved The Washington Post.  Plus, celebrated Finnish maestro and leading Sibelius specialist Osmo Vänskä conducts his countryman’s haunting Sixth Symphony.

"Mr Trifonov has scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair. He is also a thoughtful artist.he can play with soft-spoken delicacy."—THE NEW YORK TIMES


Osmo Vänskä


San Francisco Symphony



Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


Symphonies of Wind Instruments

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Concert: Approx. 1h 35m, includes intermission.

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  1. Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 2:00pm

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  2. Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 8:00pm

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  3. Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 8:00pm

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Inside Music, an informative talk with Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders.

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

Love musically in February with romantic music, perfect for a romantic night. At this concert, you can upgrade your experience with a Side Box Romance Package, with champagne, a truffle, and strawberry delivered to your seat. Learn more at sfsymphony.org/lovemusically.