Petrenko conducts Respighi

Opening a concert brimming with evocative imagery is the best-known work of Arvo Pärt, whose spiritual, mystical music speaks directly to the soul. The sheer vibrancy of Bartók’s concerto belies the mortal illness he suffered while composing it. Respighi imbued his fountains with the majesty of the sea gods they celebrate, and his pines with the grace of the nightingales they shelter, and the power of the Roman Legions who once marched beneath them.

The Thursday Matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.

 “Petrenko's physical technique is so crisp and graceful—a combination of a clear rhythmic beat and simple but expressive gestures.” —SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE



Vasily Petrenko


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet


San Francisco Symphony


Arvo Pärt


Piano Concerto No. 3

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Concert length is approximately 2 hours.

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Learn about Petrenko's work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and why he is "one of those few conductors who both audiences and musicians love in equal measure":

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"For a virtuoso display of what conducting is all about, you need look no further than Wednesday's magnificent concert in Davies Symphony Hall by the San Francisco Symphony, led with almost frightening ease and assurance by the young Russian maestro Vasily Petrenko." Read the full review, "S.F. Symphony review: Vasily Petrenko brilliant" on

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk free to ticketholders, begins one hour prior to concerts.

Meet Vasily Petrenko and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet at a CD signing immediately following the concerts at the Symphony Store in the lobby.

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