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THE MAY 5 CONCERT IS PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
THESE CONCERTS ARE GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY ANDY AND TERI GOODMAN.
Thomas Wilkins’ appearance is supported by the Louise M. Davies Guest Conductor Fund.
Additional support for these concerts is provided by the Margaret Koshland Sloss Tribute Fund.
THURSDAY MATINEE CONCERTS ARE ENDOWED BY A GIFT IN MEMORY OF RHODA GOLDMAN.
Thomas Wilkins leads the SF Symphony in a program full of the rhythms, blues, and swagger of jazz. Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dances from On the Town and Duke Ellington’s Harlem paint the sights and sounds of New York City. Grammy award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis joins for Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot-Sonate—a 1930 work banned by the Nazis and then long forgotten—followed by John Williams’ effortlessly cool Escapades from the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can.
AT A GLANCE
Erwin Schulhoff enriched his classical vocabulary by incorporating many musical trends of the 1920s and ’30s. His sly and syncopated Jazz Concerto: Hot-Sonate began as a work for alto saxophone and piano, and was later arranged as a concerto. In 1942 he became one of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. His music was revived decades later, and he is now recognized as a unique talent of his era.
John Williams needs no introduction as a film composer, but he has also written numerous concert pieces. Escapades straddles both worlds: it is a concert work derived from the score to Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. Williams described it as an impressionistic memoir of the progressive jazz movement that was popular in the 1960s.
Duke Ellington gained renown as the composer of such standards as “Mood Indigo” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” He was also a pioneer in employing jazz within symphonic structures. Harlem might be the crowning achievement in that strand of his work; it affords fleeting glimpses of the historic Manhattan neighborhood that has long been at the center of the Black arts and cultural scene.