Britten: Four Sea Interludes with Video by Tal Rosner

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The season’s final cadence revisits Britten’s Peter Grimes, offering the enchanting Four Sea Interludes from that opera, featuring video by award-winning filmmaker and video artist Tal Rosner. The co-commissioned video installation draws on imagery from San Francisco and other coastal cities to immerse viewers in Britten's scenes of the sea. 

Britten’s exotic Prince of the Pagodas closes the concert. The SF Chronicle's Joshua Kosman raved about the Symphony's recent perfomances of this unusual work: "What a marvelous collection of music this is, and how sweetly and assertively the orchestra played it!" (Read the full review.)


Tal Rosner

video artist

San Francisco Symphony


Concert: Approx. 2h 5m, includes intermission.

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Photographs of the performance of Four Sea Interludes at the New World Symphony:

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A reel of Tal Rosner's recent works:

Tal Rosner's video to accompany Stravinsky's Concerto for Two Pianos/Con Moto:

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"For all four interludes, [Rosner] focused on bridges and overpasses over water. So for the San Francisco “Moonlight” interlude, he shot the Bay Bridge and the sunset from Treasure Island. 'It gave me an eerie feeling that connected me with what I wanted to portray,” he says. “Bridges are interludes themselves, connections between two points…just as the interludes connect different parts of ‘Peter Grimes.’' Rosner himself is in the tech booth throughout the suite, helping to adjust the somewhat adaptable film to the live music." Read the full article in SFArts Monthly.

Tal Rosner discusses Four Sea Interlude and these upcoming performances with the SF Chronicle: "The visual component should give the audience a key into the music, and tell a story in its own right. Read the full article

Tal Rosner discusses his new video collaboration, Four Sea Interludes, with The Philadelphia Orchestra, who co-commissioned the work: "As the visual building blocks for each section are derived exclusively from footage and photographs of that city, every host orchestra has its own unique representation in the resulting digital tapestry." Read the full article.

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  1. Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 8:00pm

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Inside Music, an informative talk with Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to the concert. Free to ticketholders.