San Francisco Symphony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / MARCH 15, 2017
(High resolution images of Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Denis Kozhukhin, Fabio Luisi, and Igor Levit are available for download from the San Francisco Symphony’s Online Photo Library)
GUEST CONDUCTORS ANDRÉS OROZCO-ESTRADA AND FABIO LUISI LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO PROGRAMS OF RUSSIAN WORKS AND GERMAN ROMANTICISM
Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada makes San Francisco Symphony debut April 19–22
Pianist Denis Kozhukhin makes his SFS debut performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 April 19–22; pianist Igor Levit performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor April 27–29
SAN FRANCISCO, MARCH 15— Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada makes his San Francisco Symphony (SFS) debut on April 19–22, leading the Orchestra in performances of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Born in Medellin, Colombia and trained in Vienna, Orozco-Estrada is currently the Music Director of the Houston Symphony, as well as Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony. Joining him on stage is Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin performing Prokofiev's defiant Piano Concerto No. 2 in his SFS debut. Written in 1912–13, Prokofiev’s original incarnation of this piano concerto was lost in a fire following the Russian Revolution and later reimagined in 1923, two years after finishing his Third Concerto.
On April 27–29, General Music Director of Zürich Opera and Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Fabio Luisi returns to the SFS to lead a program celebrating German Romanticism, with performances of Richard Strauss’s sweeping tone poem, Aus Italien, inspired by a trip to Italy taken by the young composer. Completed in 1886, it is Strauss’s first tone poem and is dedicated to his mentor Hans von Bülow. Pianist Igor Levit is featured in Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, the only piano concerto written by the German composer.
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