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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos returns to conduct the SF Symphony for the first time since 1985, February 19-22 at Davies Symphony Hall

February 3, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / February 3, 2014


Alisa Weilerstein performs the Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1

SAN FRANCISCO, February 3 – The San Francisco Symphony’s (SFS) February 19-22 concerts in Davies Symphony Hall celebrate the return of two artists. Spanish Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 and Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major with soloist Alisa Weilerstein. The second half of the concert, Scheherazade, is arguably Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work—a symphonic suite based on the story of One Thousand and One Nights. Frühbeck de Burgos leads the SFS for the first time since 1985. He appeared more recently at Davies Symphony Hall with the Vienna Symphony (1994 & 1996), while Weilerstein performed Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor with conductor Michael Francis and the SFS on the summer series in 2012.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is a regular guest with North America’s top orchestras, this season conducting the New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, National, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, New World, and Seattle Orchestras. He appears annually at the Tanglewood Music Festival. From 2004-2011, he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dresden Philharmonic, and in the 2012-13 season, began his post as Chief Conductor of the Danish National Orchestra. Frühbeck has made extensive tours with such ensembles as the Philharmonia of London, the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Madrid, the Vienna Symphony, and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra among others.

Named Conductor of the Year by Musical America in 2011, his other numerous honors and distinctions include the Gold Medal of the City of Vienna, the Bundesverdienstkreutz of the Republic of Austria and Germany, the Gold Medal from the Gustav Mahler International Society, and the Jacinto Guerrero Prize, Spain’s most important musical award, conferred in 1997 by the Queen of Spain. Since 1975 he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid. Frühbeck has recorded extensively for EMI, Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Spanish Columbia, and Orfeo. Several of his recordings are considered to be classics, including his interpretations of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina burana, Bizet’s Carmen, and the complete works of Manual de Falla.

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted widespread attention worldwide for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship. In 2011 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Her 2012 debut CD on the Decca label features performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor and the Elliott Carter Cello Concerto with conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Her next CD, to be released early in 2014, features the Dvořák Cello Concerto recorded with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic.

Weilerstein has appeared with all of the major orchestras and with renowned conductors throughout the United States and Europe. Her 2013-14 season includes engagements with the Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, and Toronto symphonies and the Chicago, Israel, and Los Angeles philharmonics. She returns to London to perform with Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to perform with James Gaffigan and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She gave a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in December as part of a European tour with pianist Inon Barnatan.

Born in 1982, Weilerstein, made her Cleveland Orchestra debut at age 13, playing the Tchaikovsky “Rococo” Variations. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in 1997. She is a graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss. In 2004, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in Russian History and in 2008 she became a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Calendar editors, please note:


Wednesday, February 19 at 8 pm
Thursday, February 20 at 2 pm
Friday, February 21 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 8 pm

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conductor
Alisa Weilerstein cello
San Francisco Symphony

Haydn Symphony No. 6 in D major, Le Matin
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Opus 35

Audio Program Notes: Listen to a free podcast about Scheherazade hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone. All podcasts are archived, and can be downloaded or streamed from and from the iTunes store.

Pre-Concert Talk: Scott Foglesong will give an “Inside Music” talk from the stage one hour prior to each concert. Free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before.

CD Signings: Alisa Weilerstein will sign CDs in the Symphony Store immediately following all performances.

Broadcast / Archived Stream: A broadcast of these performances will air Tuesday, March 4 at 8 pm on Classical KDFC 90.3 San Francisco, 104.9 San Jose, 89.9 Napa, and where it will be available for on-demand streaming for 21 days following the broadcast.

Tickets: $15-$156.
Available at, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

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These performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade are made possible by the

Athena T. Blackburn Endowed Fund for Russian Music.

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos's appearance is supported by the Louise M. Davies Guest Conductor Fund.

The San Francisco Symphony receives support from over 10,000 individual donors and 150 partner institutions.

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