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Salonen: Respighi’s Pines of Rome

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Esa-Pekka Salonen

SFS Music Director Designate and Conductor

Marianne Crebassa



Ibéria from Images pour orchestre


Folk Songs
(San Francisco Symphony Premiere)




Pines of Rome

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


Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 2:00PM

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Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Sat, Oct 17, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Thursday matinee concerts are endowed by a gift in memory of Rhoda Goldman.

Event Description

Imagine towering trees swaying in the Italian breeze, a beautiful woman weaving tales to captivate a king and save her life, the scents of oleander, wild rose, and thyme wafting through the Spanish night . . . . Imagine these scenes evoked not through images or words, but through music. Led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Debussy’s Ibéria opens the program with passion, rhythm, and the subtle exoticism of the composer’s fascination with Spain. Berio’s love of pastiche follows with his lively Folk Songs and his take on tunes from Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Italy, and the United States. Then, Ravel paints luscious and sultry scenes in his Shéhérazade, featuring mezzo-soprano Marriane Crebassa. The program closes with the imaginative Pines of Rome, where Respighi pays homage to the Eternal City, Rome, with scenes of children playing in pine groves, trees casting shadows on catacombs, and echoes Roman glory reverberating down the ancient Appian Way.

Marianne Crebassa
Marianne Crebassa