San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MAY 10, 2017
(High resolution images of Alexander Barantschik are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library. Photo credit: Kristen Loken.)
CONCERTMASTER ALEXANDER BARANTSCHIK LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN VIVALDI’S THE FOUR SEASONS MAY 31–JUNE 1
May 31–June 1 concerts will also feature Mozart’s Divertimento No. 11 and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
SFS Musicians featured in chamber concert on May 28 with works by Barber, Lou Harrison, Goossens, and Poulenc
SAN FRANCISCO, CA— SF Symphony Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik leads the Orchestra in a program featuring Vivaldi’s celebrated The Four Seasons on May 31–June 1. One of his best known works, Vivaldi composed The Four Seasons in 1721. It was published in 1725 with a set of accompanying poems, providing one of the earliest and most thorough examples of what later came to be known as program music. Also featured in this program are Mozart’s Divertimento No. 11 and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
Barantschik was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and began his first season as Concertmaster of the SFS in September 2001. He is the occupant of the Naoum Blinder Chair and has lead the Orchestra in several programs, as well as appeared as soloist in concertos by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Walton, Piazzolla, and Schnittke, among others. He is the former concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and has won numerous awards—including first prize in the International Violin Competition in Sion, Switzerland, and the Russian National Violin Competition. Barantschik has exclusive use of the 1742 Guarnerius del Gesù violin once owned by the virtuoso Ferdinand David and now borrowed through an arrangement with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
On May 28, a cast of SFS and guest musicians perform a chamber music concert at Davies Symphony Hall. The concert includes Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, Goossens Pastorale et Arlequinade, Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio, and Poulenc’s Sextet for Winds and Piano. SFS musicians performing include violinists Yun Chu, Amy Hiraga and Melissa Kleinbart, violist Nancy Ellis, Associate Principal Cellist Peter Wyrick, Principal Flutist Tim Day, Principal Oboist Eugene Izotov, clarinetist Jerome Simas, Assistant Principal Horn Bruce Roberts, bassoonist Rob Weir, Principal Percussionist Jacob Nissly, and pianist Robin Sutherland. Also performing are pianists Britton Day and Eric Zivian.
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