Piano Series

Great music and great artists transcend time, style and genres. From the single sonata with which Beethoven revolutionized piano music to original contemporary compositions and the re-envisioning of an expressive masterwork, the Piano Series invites audiences to join artists in an exploration of vision, invention and re-invention. Throughout history, composers have been inspired by—and have in turn inspired—other composers. This season’s pianists have built programs that reveal and revel in this creative call and response across generations and genres, letting audiences in on this hidden communication in sound and the essence and mystery of inspiration. The intimate scale and remarkable acoustics of the Herbst Theatre help to foster piano recitals that connect audiences and artists in a rare, up-close atmosphere. Read more…

Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s program ranges from Beethoven’s monumental “Hammerklavier” sonata, which re-defined sonata form, to the music of Russian mystic, inventor and composer Nikolai Obukhov.

Multi-talented musical, literary and visual artist Lera Auerbach will perform the world premiere of her new work created especially for SF Performances. 21st Century Pictures, is a response to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which she will perform on the same program. Auerbach’s visual inspiration comes from a series of paintings by famed Ballets Russes dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. Perennial SF Performances favorite Stephen Hough returns with a program of Debussy, Beethoven and Schumann, and renowned Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz also returns with a program that encompasses masterworks from the classical to Romantic. Show less…

Make-Your-Own-Series

You can create a Make-Your-Own-Series by choosing five or more performances from our entire season. Make-Your-Own Series are not available online—please call (415) 677-0325.