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Giancarlo Guerrero’s appearance is supported by the Louise M. Davies Guest Conductor Fund.
The San Francisco Symphony is joined by the Lorelei Ensemble for the world premiere of folk/rock/classical mixologist Julia Wolfe’s profound new work Her Story, a San Francisco Symphony commission inspired by progress: the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in the United States. Nicaraguan-born conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and soloist Aaron Diehl make their San Francisco Symphony debuts in a program that opens with a virtuosic, one-movement piano concerto by pioneering American composer Florence Price, who in the 1930s became the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. With remarkable lyrical sweep and folk and spiritual accents, Price’s inventive concerto is testament to a composer who infused her music with a range of influences to find a voice that was all her own.