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Yan Pascal Tortelier leads SFS in “French Greats” program April 19–21

February 16, 2018

Public Relations
San Francisco Symphony
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / February 16, 2018

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Program includes works by Ravel and Debussy, including Shéhérazade with Susan Graham and Tortelier’s own concert arrangement of Daphnis et Chloé

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier leads the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in concerts featuring music by Debussy and Ravel on April 19–21, replacing Charles Dutoit. An esteemed interpreter of French music, Tortelier conducts the SFS in great works from late 19th and early 20th-century France: Ravel’s song cycle Shéhérazade with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, Tortelier’s own concert arrangement of Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé, and Debussy’s Danse and Sarabande from Pour Le Piano, both arranged for orchestra by Ravel. Tortelier has appeared regularly with the San Francisco Symphony since his debut in 1998, and his most recent appearance with the Symphony–another all-French program in 2015–was a critical success. Tortelier and Graham reunite in Ravel’s Shéhérazade, a song cycle inspired by the exoticism of the Arabian Nights and set to the poetry of Tristan Klingsor, which Tortelier and Graham recorded together in 2005 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the Warner Classics label.

With these concerts, San Francisco Symphony celebrates the 90th anniversary of Maurice Ravel’s 1928 conducting tour and only visit to the United States, during which Shéhérazade received its San Francisco premiere by the Symphony. A special exhibit on display in the First Tier Lobby of Davies Symphony Hall April 4–May 13 will incorporate pictures, words, art, and video to commemorate the life and music of Ravel, and the significance of his historic tour.  All five orchestras conducted by Ravel on his journey, including those in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, and San Francisco, are participating in the tour re-creation this season.

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