Prokofiev & Shostakovich’s Leningrad

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Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Karina Canellakis makes her San Francisco Symphony debut in a presentation of music by two Russian heavyweights: Prokofiev’s ravishingly colorful and percussive Piano Concerto No. 1, played by the Ukranian piano powerhouse Alexander Gavrylyuk (who also makes his SF Symphony debut at these concerts), and Shostakovich’s defiant 1941 bombshell, the Leningrad Symphony.

In the twilight of Imperial Russia, a brazen 21-year-old pianist submitted his own concerto as a graduation piece. A sassy and whimsical fantasy written for a formidable soloist (himself), the 1912 Piano Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev scandalized the old guard. Less than thirty years later, Shostakovich unveiled his Seventh Symphony, but Russia was a different place. The old guard was all but extinguished; Stalin had prosecuted his Great Terror, and Hitler held Leningrad under siege. 

 


Conductor/Performers

Karina Canellakis

Conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk

Piano

San Francisco Symphony

Program

Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 7, Leningrad

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 24, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  2. Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

  3. Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall 

If you would like assistance purchasing tickets for patrons with disabilities, please call the box office at 415-864-6000.