Lorelei Ensemble

Vocal Ensemble

Anne Kauffman


Jeff Sugg

Scenic, Lighting, and Production Design

Andrew Cotton

Sound Design

Márion Talán de la Rosa

Costume Design

Kenny Savelson

Project Manager

Asher Lloyd Ehrenberg

Associate Director

Bang on a Can


San Francisco Symphony



Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Her Story
[San Francisco Symphony Co-Commission,
West Coast Premiere]
Julia Wolfe


Davies Symphony Hall

Thu, May 25, 2023 at 7:30PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sat, May 27, 2023 at 7:30PM

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These concerts, a part of The Barbro and Bernard Osher Masterworks Series, are made possible by a generous gift from Barbro and Bernard Osher.


JULIA WOLFE'S HER STORY is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Julia Wolfe's Her Story was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony with the generous support of the Ralph I. Dorfman Commissioning Fund.

Giancarlo Guerrero's appearance is supported by the Louise M. Davies Guest Conductor Fund.

Event Description

Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the SF Symphony are joined by the Lorelei Ensemble for the West Coast premiere of folk/rock/classical mixologist Julia Wolfe’s Her Story. This SF Symphony co-commission invokes the words of historical figures to pay tribute to the centuries of ongoing struggle for equal rights, representation, and access to democracy for women in America. The program begins with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a timeless story about a resilient queen who saves her own life with the gift of storytelling.
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Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero


Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a marvel of orchestral color, narrative ingenuity, and melodic invention. But it is also a story of a woman working herself out of an appalling situation imposed by a powerful and horrible man. The composer himself wondered about the balance between the storytelling and the purely musical elements of his work—Scheherazade can be heard both as a portrait of the title character and as a journey into the deepest realms of imagination.
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Though we have yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, women have been battling for equality from the beginning of the nation. Julia Wolfe’s Her Story, a San Francisco Symphony co-commission with four other major American orchestras, captures the passion and perseverance of women refusing subordination, demanding representation, and challenging the prejudice and power structures that have limited women’s voices.

Concert Extras

A post-concert Q&A with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, composer Julia Wolfe, and Lorelei Ensemble Artistic Director Beth Willer will be presented from the stage after the concert on May 25. Free to all ticketholders.

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