San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MAY 26, 2017
(High resolution images of Susanna Mälkki, Garrick Ohlsson, Vasily Petrenko, and Joshua Bell are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)
SUSANNA MÄLKKI AND VASILY PETRENKO LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS THIS JUNE FEATURING PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON AND VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL
June 9–11 concerts feature performances of Stravinsky’s primal Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) and Scherzo fantastique, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1
Vasily Petrenko gives the first SFS performances of Glinka’s Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonesa June 15–18
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in concerts June 9–11 featuring Stravinsky’s Scherzo fantastique and Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). Inspired by Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1901 essay “La Vie des Abeilles” (The Life of Bees), Scherzo fantastique was composed in 1908 by Stravinsky and later adapted into an unauthorized ballet blanc for the Opéra Garnier. The program also includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Mälkki is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal and was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic. She was a 2010 Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and recipient of the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland’s highest honors. Mälkki made her debut with the SFS in 2012.
On June 15–17, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell performs Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole with the SFS and Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, followed by Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1, one of the most iconic works in the Russian symphonic tradition. Also on the program for the evening is Glinka’s Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonesa, which will receive its first SFS performances. Petrenko is currently chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. He began his musical education at the St. Petersburg Capella Boys Music School and has been awarded honorary doctorates by both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University (in 2009), and an Honorary Fellowship of the Liverpool John Moores University (in 2012).
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