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The February 17 concert is presented in partnership with
These concerts are generously sponsored by the Athena T. Blackburn Endowed Fund for Russian Music.
Pierre-aurent Aimard’s appearance is supported by the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Guest Artists.
Sergei Prokofiev’s vibrant Romeo and Juliet depicts the fierce war of the Montagues and Capulets, and, of course, the two star-crossed lovers. Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin is both a tribute to friends lost in combat during World War I and an ode to the sparkling French music of centuries past. Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony for Bela Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, a zany piece filled with Eastern European folk dance, snippets of Baroque music, and lots of drums.