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Open Rehearsal: Pictures & Percussion

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Conductors
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Jacob Nissly

Percussion

San Francisco Symphony

program

D’un matin de printemps 

L. Boulanger

Losing Earth (SFS Commission, World Premiere)

Adam Schoenberg

Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 10:00AM

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The Open Rehearsals are endowed by a bequest from the estate of Katharine Hanrahan.

Event Description

In 1922, the genius orchestrator Maurice Ravel had his way with a suite for piano by the gifted—and capricious—Modest Mussorgsky. Coaxing radiant hues out of unorthodox combinations of instruments, Ravel transformed Mussorgsky’s monochrome pieces into one of the most popular works for orchestra. How did he do it? He leaned into the ensemble’s soloists. This week, the San Francisco Symphony spotlights the artistry and eloquent precision of its principal players. In a parade of famous solos, the Symphony presents Ravel’s ingenious orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition. 

Guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru keeps the spotlight on the Symphony’s own with a world-premiere concerto featuring SFS Principal Percussion Jacob Nissly. An SFS commission, this concerto by L.A.-based composer Adam Schoenberg is part of the SF Symphony’s ongoing exploration of the new American Sound. Setting the virtuosic tone is a spritely work by Lili Boulanger, who in 1913 became the first woman to win the prestigious Prix de Rome.

Open Rehearsals are working rehearsals. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion.

Concert Extras

Inside Music: an informative talk by Peter Grunberg with Adam Schoenberg, begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders. Learn More.