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Joshua Gersen conducts the San Francisco Symphony, June 20–22 at Davies Symphony Hall

June 17, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / JUNE 17, 2019

JOSHUA GERSEN CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, JUNE 20–22 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Pianist Yefim Bronfman performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Program features SF premiere of SFS co-commission Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Steve Reich; Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor; and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for Strings and Percussion

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Conductor Joshua Gersen leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in a dynamic program featuring the first SFS performances of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor, Arvo Pärt Fratres for Strings and Percussion—a work which exemplifies the composer’s unique “tintinnabuli” principle of bell-like resonaces—and Prokofiev’s powerful Piano Concerto No. 2 performed by internationally-acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman. Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, co-commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Baltic Sea Philharmonic, was premiered on November 1, 2018 by Susanna Mälkki and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall. Described by The New Yorker as “a vista of shimmering desert stillness” and by Musical America as “exquisitely crafted,” Music for Ensemble and Orchestra represents Reich’s return to a large‐scale canvas, its design combining the intricate detailing of the ensemble with the grandiose sound world afforded by the orchestra. Reich’s music has long been championed by the San Francisco Symphony—his works first performed in the New and Unusual Music series throughout the 1980s, featured during the first American Mavericks Festival in 2000, and most recently celebrated in a concert dedicated to Reich’s 80th birthday in September 2016.

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