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Mar 5, 2020


Program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring violinist James Ehnes

Louis Langrée
replaces previously announced Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Louis Langrée makes his San Francisco Symphony conducting debut leading the Orchestra in concerts April 23–25 at Davies Symphony Hall. He replaces the previously announced Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, who has canceled his appearance with the SF Symphony because his wife is expecting a child and he is unable to travel to San Francisco. Langrée leads the SFS in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Mozart’s Symphony No. 31, and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 performed by violinist James Ehnes.    

Louis Langrée has been music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) since 2013 and of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival since 2003. Langrée and the CSO have two Grammy-nominated recordings: Transatlantic, featuring works by Varèse, Gershwin, and Stravinsky, and Concertos for Orchestra, with world premieres by Sebastian Currier, Thierry Escaich, and Zhou Tian. Artistic projects include a Pelléas et Mélisande trilogy of Fauré’s, Debussy’s, and Schoenberg’s treatments; a three-season Beethoven Revolution cycle pairing the nine symphonies with commissions and 20th-century masterworks; and, a recreation of the legendary 1808 Akademie concert. Langrée has catalyzed the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra’s artistic rise and expanded its repertoire beyond the Classical period, from Lully to Magnus Lindberg. Since his 1998 Lincoln Center debut he has conducted more than 165 Mostly Mozart events across the campus and throughout New York City; more than 50 Metropolitan Opera performances; has taught Juilliard School masterclasses; and makes his New York Philharmonic debut in March 2020. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, Montreal Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. Langrée is past music director of Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre philharmonique Royal de Liège, Opéra national de Lyon, and Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and was chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg. A native of Alsace, France, Louis Langrée is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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