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Manfred Honeck, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Cristian Măcelaru conduct the San Francisco Symphony in October Concerts

September 20, 2018


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(High resolution images of Manfred Honeck, Truls Mørk, Pablo Heras-Casado, Javier Perianes, Cristian Mӑcelaru, Ray Chen, and the San Francisco Symphony are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)


On October 11–13 Manfred Honeck leads the SFS in Dvořak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante in E minor featuring cellist Truls Mørk in his SFS debut

October 18–20 concerts are conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado and include Ravel’s Boléro and Alborada del gracioso, Debussy’s Ibéria from Images pour orchestra, and Javier Perianes performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3

October 25–27 concerts feature first SFS performances of Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night Elegy, R. Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, and Ray Chen performing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, with Cristian Mӑcelaru making his SFS conducting debut

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Guest conductors Manfred Honeck, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Cristian Mӑcelaru lead the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in three dynamic concert programs in October at Davies Symphony Hall. On October 11–13, Manfred Honeck conducts the Orchestra in Dvořak’s genial and upbeat Symphony No. 8 in G major and Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk makes his SFS debut with Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante in E minor—one of the final works Prokofiev completed, urged and aided by Mstislav Rostropovich for whom it was written. As a young cellist, Mørk was an admirer of Rostropovich and the Russian school of cello, eventually studying with one of Rostropovich’s pupils, Natalia Shakhovskaya. In addition to performing with some of the most distinguished orchestras in the world, Mørk maintains an active recital schedule, and his recordings have won international awards including Gramophone, Grammy, Midem and ECHO Klassik awards. 

October 18–20 concerts feature Pablo Heras-Casado conducting the SFS in a whimsical program of Spanish-themed music written by French composers, including Ravel’s Boléro and Alborada del gracioso, and Debussy’s Ibéria from Images pour orchestra. Completing the program, Spanish pianist Javier Perianes performs Bartók’s melodious Piano Concerto No. 3, the final work completed by the composer. Perianes recently recorded Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Münchner Philharmoniker, releasing the  album in January 2018 on the harmonia mundi label. 

The following week, October 25–27, Cristian Măcelaru makes his San Francisco Symphony conducting debut, leading the Orchestra in a diverse program which includes the world premiere of SFS co-commissioned Silent Night Elegy by Kevin Puts—an orchestral arrangement of music from his Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night—and the first SFS performances of Anna Clyne’s Masquerade. In Masquerade, Anna Clyne explores the historic and sociological courtship between music and dance, drawing inspiration from the original mid-18th century promenade concerts held in London’s pleasure gardens. Also on the program are R. Strauss’ charming Suite from Der Rosenkavalier and Lalo’s fiery Symphonie espagnole featuring young virtuoso violinist Ray Chen.

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