Chamber Music Series: Murder & Myths—Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 4

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Murder Ballades

Bryce Dessner

Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Piano


Piano Trio in E minor, Dumky 

Antonín Dvořák

Event Description

 Due to an extension of the Public Health Order prohibiting gatherings of 100 or more persons to slow the spread of COVID-19, there will be no concerts or events at Davies Symphony Hall through April 30. The San Francisco Symphony is working to reschedule this concert.

Those who have already purchased tickets to rescheduled concerts will be contacted directly when a new performance date is determined. We are asking ticket holders to hold their tickets until future dates can be confirmed.

The final chamber concert of the season interweaves divergent times, places, and composers through a thematic thread of murder and myth. Bryce Dessner—who curated our February 2019 SoundBox show, Wires, as well as being a member of the creative collective with SF Symphony Music Director designate Esa-Pekka Salonen—is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation. This chamber program showcases one of his most vibrant compositions, the Grammy award-winning Murder Ballades (2013), a highly charged soundscape inspired by folk songs about real and imagined murders from America’s early settlement period. As a fitting bookend, the performance closes with Dvořák’s tour de force Piano Trio in E minor, Dumky. Juxtaposing each movement with alternating personalities and speeds, Dvorák’s lively Slavic work is considered to be richer in folkloric inspiration than any of his other major compositions. 

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