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San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra launches 35th anniversary season, November 19

November 9, 2017

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Images of Christian Reif and the SFS Youth Orchestra are available for download in the SFSYO Press Kit)


Wattis Foundation Music Director Christian Reif Leads the SFSYO 2017–18 Season

Season opens on Sunday, November 19 at 2pm, featuring SFSYO 2017 Concerto Competition Winner Leyla Kabuli as soloist performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Orchestra also performs Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Detlev Glanert’s Prelude No. 1, from Three American Preludes

SFSYO partners with the International Contemporary Ensemble to commission new work by composer Anahita Abbasi, culminating in world premiere performance March 4; concert also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and small ensemble music by Gabrieli, Ruggles, R. Strauss, and Michael Burritt

35th Anniversary Concert and Celebration highlighted by Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and Ligeti’s Concert Românesc May 13

Other season events include annual Holiday concert of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with narrator Zachary Quinto, December 10 and Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival hosting young talent from around the region, January 14

SAN FRANCISCO, November 9, 2017—Recognized as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) celebrates its 35th anniversary this season, performing three concert programs in Davies Symphony Hall November 19, March 4, and May 13, as well as presenting its annual Holiday Peter and the Wolf concert on December 10, and hosting the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival on January 14. Part of the San Francisco Symphony’s ongoing commitment to nurture young musicians, SFSYO participants are chosen from more than 300 applicants from the greater Bay Area through annual auditions and receive a pre-professional caliber and tuition-free orchestral experience. The SFSYO rehearses and performs at Davies Symphony Hall under the direction of Wattis Foundation Music Director Christian Reif and rehearsals include weekly coaching by SFS musicians.

“The members of the SFSYO are phenomenal young musicians who are completely dedicated to music making,” stated Youth Orchestra Music Director Christian Reif. “We have a spectacular season planned for the 35th anniversary, with works from both the core symphonic repertoire and contemporary repertoire. This season, I am particularly excited about our commission of a new piece written for the YO by Anahita Abbasi, and our partnership with the International Contemporary Ensemble for this project. This is a very special opportunity for YO musicians to be a part of the creation of a new work from start to finish, working directly with the composer and with coaches who specialize in contemporary music performance and development. I hope that everyone in our community will come hear them in concert during the anniversary season!”

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