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DANIIL TRIFONOV PLAYS MASON BATES

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Artists

Ruth Reinhardt

Conductor

San Francisco Symphony

program

Om fotspår och ljus (Of Footprints and Light)—Helsinki Variations
Lotta Wennäkoski
Piano Concerto [San Francisco Symphony Commission & West Coast Premiere]
Mason Bates
Symphony No. 5
Antonín Dvořák

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, Jun 2, 2022 at 2:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Jun 3, 2022 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, Jun 4, 2022 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sun, Jun 5, 2022 at 2:00PM

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THESE CONCERTS ARE GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY JEROME GUILLEN & JEREMY GALLAHER.

THE MASON BATES PIANO CONCERTO CO-COMMISSION AND ITS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PREMIERE PERFORMANCES WERE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF
JOSEPH AND BETTE HIRSCH.

THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

THURSDAY MATINEE CONCERTS ARE ENDOWED BY A GIFT IN MEMORY OF RHODA GOLDMAN.

Event Description

When Mason Bates composed his Piano Concerto, he repeated a simple mantra to himself: Let the soloist shine. Bates could not have chosen a better partner for this SF Symphony Co-Commission and West Coast Premiere than the astoundingly dexterous pianist Daniil Trifonov. Led by Ruth Reinhardt in her SF Symphony debut, the program also includes Lotta Wennäkoski’s Om fotspår och ljus (Of Footprints and Light)—Helsinki Variations and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5, a work beloved for its natural warmth, singing melodies, and beautiful pastoral scenes.

For more information, including full program notes, visit the San Francisco Symphony’s digital program book platform at sfsymphony.encoreplus.app or text “SFS Concert” to 55741.

At A Glance

Lotta Wennäkoski’s Om fotspår och ljus (Of Footprints and Light) was commissioned by the Helsinki Philharmonic as part of its Helsinki Variations program, which asks composers to write new works based on a Helsinki-related piece composed before 1945. Wennäkoski drew from an unfinished opera by Ida Moberg (1859–1947), a path-breaking Finnish composer who studied with Jean Sibelius. Among other unusual percussion sounds, clicking shoe heels represent the echo of Moberg’s footsteps in the Helsinki streets.

Bay Area composer Mason Bates also harkens back to older music in his Piano Concerto, written for Daniil Trifonov and co-commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. The first two movements evoke the Renaissance and Romantic eras, while the finale is thoroughly contemporary, “alight with mercurial humor and lopsided grooves.”

Antonín Dvořák’s Fifth Symphony is actually a relatively early work, composed just before the breakthrough successes of his Sixth and Seventh symphonies. He wrote it after winning an Austrian State Stipendium—intended to assist young, poor, gifted musicians—and devoting himself full time to composing. An early commentator spoke of its “rustling woods, the song of birds, the fragrance of fields, and the strong breath of nature rejoicing.”

—After notes by Benjamin Pesetsky and James M. Keller

Concert Extras

Pre-Concert Talk: Join us for an informative “Inside Music” talk from the stage with Sarah Cahill. Free to all ticketholders, these talks begin one hour before the June 2-5 performances. Doors open 15 minutes before.