Pictures & Percussion

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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 San Francisco 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.


Conductor/Performers

Cristian Măcelaru

Conductor

Jacob Nissly

Percussion

San Francisco Symphony

Program

L. Boulanger

D’un matin de printemps 

Adam Schoenberg

Losing Earth, SFS Commission, World Premiere

Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel)

Pictures at an Exhibition

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

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  1. Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  3. Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

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Program Support

The commission of Adam Schoenberg’s Losing Earth is supported by Mr. Kevin Osinski and Mr. Marc Sinykin. 

Additional support of this concert and commission is generously provided by Ms. Claudine Cheng and the Jessie Cheng Charitable Foundation