Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all San Francisco Symphony concerts through December 31, 2020. We look forward to returning stronger and more vibrant than ever and sharing live music with you again soon.
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Haochen Zhang, gold medalist and first prize winner of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, joins conductor Long Yu and the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s wonderfully textured Piano Concerto No. 2. Written in 1900 and a smash hit from its premiere in 1901, this concerto features melodies so catchy that they can be heard note-for-note in songs sung by Frank Sinatra, Muse, and perhaps most famously, in Eric Carmen’s 1975 classic “All by Myself.” The evening opens with Grammy-nominated composer Tian Zhou’s Gift, inspired by ancient Chinese poems celebrating music as a “gift of decency,” and closes with Rachmaninoff’s final major composition, written 40 years after his Second Piano Concerto but still exhibiting an incredible penchant for melody, his fiery Symphonic Dances.
The San Francisco Symphony does not appear in this performance.