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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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San Francisco Performances
2018 Fall Schedule

Highlights

39th Season Gala: The 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Sean Jones, trumpet and Regina Carter, violin (Sept 28) plus post-concert Gala dinner (Concert-only single tickets are available.)

SFP Debut of pianist Seong-Jin Cho (Oct 22)

SFP Debut of cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras in a two-program, one day marathon performing the complete Bach suites for solo cello (Oct 28)

2018 Gilmore Artist pianist Igor Levit (Nov 1)

The Return of Brooklyn Rider (Nov 16)

Jazz vocalist Luciana Souza in a new project Book of Longing with texts by Leonard Cohen and Emily Dickinson (Nov 30)

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in her San Francisco Debut (Dec 12)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Aug 1, 2018—San Francisco Performances (SFP) begins its 39th season on Friday Sept 28 with the “39th Season Gala” in the War Memorial Veterans Building featuring a pre-concert cocktail reception (6pm), a concert of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (7pm), and a post-concert dinner in the Green Room (8pm). Proceeds benefit San Francisco Performances’ education programs. For Gala concert and dinner tickets call 415.677.0326.

This jazz-inflected performance of L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) brings SFP Artist-in-Residence, trumpeter Sean Jones, violinist Regina Carter, and friends together. Stravinsky’s hybrid theatrical work created on the eve of Europe’s Jazz Age, was first performed on this same date in 1918. Based on a Russian folktale about the choice between greed and happiness, L’Histoire features seven instruments and a narrator that tell the story of an AWOL soldier’s encounter with the devil. (Concert-only tickets are available to the public in side and rear orchestra, boxes, dress circle and the balcony.)

Eight days later on Sunday, Oct 7, SFP is thrilled to welcome back the award-winning young Dover Quartet, which often balances its pyrotechnic style with programs centered around insightful social commentary. Dover will perform works by 19th and 20th century composers in a program they’re calling Made in America, which features quartets begun in America by Britten, Bartók and Dvořák.

Friday, Oct 12 the New York-based early music vocal ensemble TENET Vocal Artists will collaborate with the Baroque instrumental ensemble Quicksilver, led by violinist Robert Mealy, for a program of 17th century Italian Baroque music, featuring Claudio Monteverdi, one of its envelope-pushing contemporary composers. The performance to be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, is the first in the 39th season’s Hear Now and Then Series, which encompasses both contemporary and early music to highlight the ways the musical art form reflects and defies the bonds of time.

The dynamic duo of guitar master Sharon Isbin and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo will perform Saturday, Oct 13 with a range of legendary guitar music, presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts. Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time” and was the winner of Guitar Player’s Best Classical Guitarist award, Germany’s Echo Klassik, and the Munich, Toronto and Madrid international competitions. She has appeared as soloist with nearly 200 orchestras.

Korean wunderkind and 2015 Chopin Competition Gold Medalist Seong-Jin Cho makes his SFP debut Monday, Oct 22 with music by Bach, Schumann, Chopin and Mussorgsky. With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Cho is rapidly embarking on a world-class career and in November 2017, he stepped in for Lang Lang with the Berlin Philharmonic for concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong-Kong and Seoul.

Celebrated program innovator and violinist Daniel Hope returns with a small ensemble of string players for a special program on Saturday, Oct 27. Air: A Baroque Journey is a sonic history of the violin and the musical form the “air” through works spanning three centuries, including Handel, Falconieri, Vivaldi, Jean-Marie Leclair and others, proving that “crossover” has been around for quite a while.

The SFP Great Artists and Ensembles series (Formerly Virtuosi) offers some of the world’s greatest musicians who have selected programs of works they are especially passionate about. French virtuoso Jean-Guihen Queyras begins the series with a deep dive into Bach’s sublime suites for solo cello based on Baroque dance forms that swing from moody sarabandes (banned in Spain in the 1500s) to galloping gavottes. His two different programs, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm on Sunday, Oct 28, will be an all-day Bach Cello Suites extravaganza.

Russian-German pianist and 2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit returns to SFP Thursday, Nov 1 in a program that celebrates how the great Romantics reinterpreted composers of earlier eras, with music of Schumann, Busoni, Wagner and Liszt. Levit made his US debut in 2015, and his SFP Young Masters’ series debut in 2016. The New York Times raved about “the mature, commanding and richly detailed playing of this exceptional artist.”

SF Performances welcomes classical guitarist Paul Galbraith in his SFP debut on Saturday, Nov 3 who is known for his unusual guitar technique of holding the guitar like a cello. Galbraith performs a beautiful duos program featuring Schubert’s “Arpeggione” sonata, plus Villa-Lobos and Gnatalli with cellist Antônio Meneses, formerly of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio.

SFP’s The Art of Song series is designed to showcase the breadth of this art form, reminding audiences that vocal music is not just about Lieder. The series begins on Tuesday, Nov 13 with a whimsical program called Carnival of the Animals, performed by baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Audrey Saint-Gil which starts with Poulenc and Ravel and ends with comic songs from the British music hall.

The iconoclastic Brooklyn Rider performs a program on Friday, Nov 16 called Healing Modes that combines Beethoven’s great String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 with contemporary works written in response to it by Reena Esmail, Gabriela Lena Frank, Matana Roberts, and recent Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw and Du Yun. Brooklyn Rider makes its second SFP appearance after its 2017 debut last season with dancers Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks.

Grammy winner Luciana Souza returns with Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colley Friday, Nov 30 to perform a new jazz-inspired project called Book of Longing. The project explores the influence, interrelationships and interpretation of poets and music. Souza has set texts by Leonard Cohen and Emily Dickinson to her own music and will also perform pieces by some of Brazil’s greatest musicians, Hermeto Pascoal and Milton Nascimento.

The Saturday Morning Series with SFP resident artists the Alexander String Quartet and music historian-in-residence Robert Greenberg, bring their series “The Complete Shostakovich Series: Part 2” to Berkeley—Dec 1, 8, 15 (and Jan 12 & 26) at St. John’s Church in Berkeley. The programs feature performances of complete works, preceded by Greenberg’s commentary.

Continuing Saturday, Dec 8 with the third of four Guitar series performances, Croatian guitar master Ana Vidovic plays an evening of works by Bach, Giuliani, Tarrega, Mangore, Scarlatti and Piazzolla at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

SFP has a highly regarded record of discovering and introducing the next generation of great stars—often in their Bay Area and West Coast debuts. The Telegraph Quartet who were winners of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 2016, are now in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Their 2018–19 SFP program Sunday, Dec 9 will contain works by Schulhoff, Dvořák, and Weinberg.

Powerhouse violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who served as the 2018 Artistic Director for the Ojai Festival, also has a knack for clever programming. Her mostly French program on Wednesday, Dec 12 with pianist Polina Leschenko will be her San Francisco debut and will include works by Poulenc, Ravel, Enenscu, and Bartók.

All programs take place at Herbst Theatre unless otherwise noted.

Fall Debuts

TENET Vocal Artists (SFP debut)
Quicksilver (SFP debut)
Seong-Jin Cho (SFP recital debut)
Jean-Guihen QUueyras (SF debut)
Paul Gailbraith/Antônio Meneses (SFP debut)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (SF debut)

Fall Premieres

All of the season premieres occur in 2019.

Fall 2018–19 Venues

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
St. Mark’s Square at 1111 O’Farrell Street (at Franklin Street), San Francisco

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Ticket Information

Subscriptions are still available to the 2018-19 Season. Subscribers receive benefits including savings on single ticket prices, priority seating, free ticket exchange privileges and invitations to two gift concerts. Call SF Performances’ subscriber hotline at (415) 677-0325 or visit sfperformances.org.

Single tickets go on sale August 6, 2018. Single tickets may be purchased by calling the main box office line, (415) 392-2545 or visiting the website at sfperformances.org. (Subscribers have priority seating.)

2018-19 Fall Calendar

All dates, times, artists and programs are subject to change.

SEPTEMBER 2018

39th Season Gala
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018, 6:00PM

Herbst Theatre and War Memorial Veterans Building

The “39th Season Gala” takes place on Friday, September 28 in the War Memorial Veterans Building featuring a pre-concert cocktail reception (6pm), a concert of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (7pm) featuring Sean Jones, trumpet and Regina Carter, violin, and a post-concert dinner in the Green Room (8pm). Proceeds benefit San Francisco Performances’ education programs. Tickets start at $500. For more information call 415.677.0326.

Sean Jones, trumpet
Regina Carter, violin
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018, 7:00PM

Herbst Theatre | $55/$45
PROGRAM: STRAVINSKY: L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)

L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), is Stravinsky’s hybrid theatrical work created on the eve of Europe’s Jazz Age, and was first performed on this same date in 1918. Based on a Russian folktale about the choice between greed and happiness, L’Histoire features seven instruments and a narrator that tell the story of an AWOL soldier’s encounter with the devil. The concert brings SFP Artist-in-Residence, trumpeter Sean Jones, violinist Regina Carter, and friends for a Jazz-inflected performance plus an all-star set of Jazz favorites. (Concert-only tickets are available in side and rear orchestra, boxes, dress circle and balcony.)

OCTOBER 2018

Dover Quartet
Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2018, 7:00 PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: Made in America: BRITTEN: Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25; BARTÓK: Quartet No. 3; DVOŘÁK: Quartet in A flat Major, Op. 105

The award-winning young Dover Quartet, which often balances its pyrotechnic style with programs centered around insightful social commentary, will perform a program they’re calling Made in America which features quartets begun in America by Britten, Bartok and Dvořák.

TENET Vocal Artists with Quicksilver
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018, 7:30PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church | $65/$45
PROGRAM: Italian music from the 17th century

The New York based early music vocal ensemble TENET Vocal Artists will collaborate with the Baroque instrumental ensemble, Quicksilver, led by violinist Robert Mealy, for a program of 17th century Italian Baroque music, featuring Claudio Monteverdi, one of that period’s envelope-pushing contemporary composers.

Sharon Isbin and Romero Lubambo, guitars
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$40
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

The dynamic duo of guitar master Sharon Isbin and Romero Lubambo perform a range of legendary guitar music.

Seong-Jin Cho, piano
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $75/$60/$45
PROGRAM: J.S. BACH: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue; SCHUBERT: Wanderer Fantasy; CHOPIN: Polonaise Fantasy, Op. 61; MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Korean wunderkind and Chopin Competition Gold Medalist Seong-Jin Cho makes his San Francisco Performances debut with music by Bach, Schumann, Chopin and Mussorgsky.

Daniel Hope and Friends
Daniel Hope, Violin
Simos Papanas, Violin
Nicola Mosca, Violoncello
Emanuele Forni, Luthe
Naoki Kitaya, Cembalo
Michael Metzler, Percussion
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: Air: A Baroque Journey: Music by DIEGO ORTIZ, HANDEL, ANDREA FALCONIERI, JOHANN PAUL VON WESTHOFF, NICOLA MATTEIS, VIVALDI, JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR, and MARCO UCCELINI.

Celebrated program innovator and violinist Daniel Hope returns with a small ensemble of string players for a special program called Air: A Baroque Journey, a sonic history of the violin and the musical form the “air” through works by composers spanning three centuries.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018, 2:00PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
2:00PM PROGRAM: BACH: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007; Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008; Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018, 7:00PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
7:00PM PROGRAM: BACH: Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010; Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011; Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

French virtuoso Jean-Guihen Queyras takes a deep dive into Bach’s sublime suites for solo cello based on Baroque dance forms that swing from moody sarabandes (banned in Spain in the 1500s) to galloping gavottes. His two different programs, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, will be an all-day Bach Cello Suites extravaganza.

NOVEMBER 2018

Igor Levit, piano
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $75/$60/$45
PROGRAM: BACH/BRAHMS: Chaconne in D-Minor (after Partita for solo violin, BWV 1004); BUSONI: Fantasia after J.S. Bach, BWV 253; SCHUMANN: Theme and Variations in E-flat Major, “Ghost Variations”; WAGNER/LISZT: “Solemn March to the Holy Grail” from Parsifal, S.450; LISZT/BUSONI: Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”, S. 259

2018 Gilmore Artist Igor Levit celebrates how the great Romantics reinterpreted composers of earlier eras with a program of Schumann, Busoni, Wagner and Liszt.

Paul Galbraith, guitar
Antonio Meneses, cello

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$40
PROGRAM: SCHUBERT: "Arpeggione" Sonata; RADAMÉS GNATALLI: Sonata for Cello and Guitar; VILLA-LOBOS: Melodia Sentimental (from Florestas das Amazonas)
Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

Classical guitarist Paul Galbraith (who is known for his unusual guitar technique of holding the guitar like a cello), performs a beautiful program featuring Schubert’s “Arpeggione” sonata with cellist Antônio Meneses, formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Christopher Maltman, baritone
Audrey Saint-Gil, piano

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: Carnival of the Animals: POULENC: Le bestiaire; SCHUMANN: Die Löwenbraut, Der Handschuh; RAVEL: Histoires Naturelles; REGER: Op. 76 Zwei Mäuschen, Die fünf Hühnerchen, Furchthäschen, Der Igel, Die Bienen, Mausefangen; CHABRIER: Ballade des gros dindons, Villanelle des petits canards, Les Cigales; WOLF: Storchenbotschaft, Der Schwalben heimkehr, Der Knabe und das Immlein, Der Rattenfänger; FLANDERS AND SWANN: The Armadillo, The Warthog, The Gnu

Baritone Christopher Maltman performs a whimsical program called Carnival of the Animals, that starts with Poulenc and Ravel and ends with comic songs from the British music hall.

Brooklyn Rider
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Nicholas Cords, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018, 7:30 PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: “Healing Modes”: BEETHOVEN: Quartet No. 15, Op. 132, plus works by REENA ESMAIL, GABRIELA LENA FRANK, MATANA ROBERTS and recent Pulitzer Prize winners CAROLINE SHAW and DU YUN

Iconoclastic Brooklyn Rider—which NPR credited with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble” performs a program called Healing Modes that combines Beethoven’s great String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132 with other new works written in response to it.

Luciana Souza, vocal
with Chico Pinheiro, guitar
and Scott Colley, string bass

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: Book of Longing—Luciana Souza and friends explore the influence, inter-relationships and interpretation of poets and music.

Luciana Souza returns with a new Jazz-inspired project called Book of Longing in which she sets texts by Leonard Cohen and Emily Dickinson to her own music, and also performs pieces by some of Brazil’s greatest musicians, Hermeto Pascoal and Milton Nascimento.

DECEMBER 2018

Alexander String Quartet
Robert Greenberg, host and lecturer

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018, 10:00AM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley | $50
PROGRAM 1: SHOSTAKOVICH STRING QUARTETS PART 2
Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67; Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 with Roger Woodward, piano

The Berkeley Saturday Morning series with resident artists the Alexander String Quartet and music historian-in-residence Robert Greenberg, will explore Part II of the complete string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich. Program 1 of the series will include Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67; Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 with Roger Woodward, piano.

Alexander String Quartet
Robert Greenberg, host and lecturer

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018, 10AM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley | $50
PROGRAM 2: SHOSTAKOVICH STRING QUARTETS PART 2
Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117; Quartet No. 10 in A-flat Major, Op. 118

The Berkeley Saturday Morning series with resident artists the Alexander String Quartet and music historian-in-residence Robert Greenberg, will continue their exploration of the complete string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich. Program 2 of the series will include Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117 and Quartet No. 10 in A-flat Major, Op. 118.

Ana Vidovic, guitar
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018, 7:30PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church | $60/$50
PROGRAM: BACH: Flute Partita in A minor, BWV 1013 (Trans. Valter Despalj); GIULIANI: Gran Sonata Eroica, Op. 150; TARREGA: Recuerdos de la Alhambra; MANGORE: La Catedral; D. SCARLATTI: Sonata in D minor K. 213, L.108; PIAZZOLLA: Four Pieces

Croatian guitar master Ana Vidovic plays an evening of works by Bach, Giuliani, Tarrega, Mangore, Scarlatti and Piazzolla.

Telegraph Quartet
Eric Chin, violin
Joseph Maile, violin
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jeremiah Shaw, cello
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018, 3:00PM
Herbst Theatre | $45
PROGRAM: SCHULHOFF: 5 Pieces; DVOŘÁK: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 51; WEINBERG: Quartet No. 6. Op. 35

San Francisco Performances has a highly regarded record of discovering and introducing the next generation of great stars—often in their Bay Area and West Coast debuts. The Telegraph Quartet who were winners of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 2016, are now in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Their program contains works by Schulhoff, Dvořák, and Weinberg.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Polina Leschenko, piano

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2018, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: BARTOK: Violin Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76; POULENC: Violin Sonata, FP 119; ENESCU: Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 25; RAVEL: Tzigane

Powerhouse violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who served as this year’s Artistic Director for the Ojai Festival, has a knack for clever programming as seen in her mostly French program with works by Poulenc, Ravel, Enenscu, and Bartók.

Alexander String Quartet
Robert Greenberg, host and lecturer

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018, 10:00AM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley | $50
PROGRAM 3: SHOSTAKOVICH STRING QUARTETS PART 2
Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122; Quartet No. 12 in D-flat Major, Op. 133

The Berkeley Saturday Morning series with resident artists the Alexander String Quartet and music historian-in-residence Robert Greenberg, will continue their exploration of the complete string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich. Program 3 of the series will include Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122 and Quartet No. 12 in D-flat Major, Op. 133.

About San Francisco Performances

Since our founding in 1979, San Francisco Performances has introduced hundreds of classical music, jazz and contemporary dance artists to Bay Area audiences. With a strong artistic vision and adventurous programming, San Francisco Performances is an organization that presents the world’s finest in music and dance, connecting audiences with artists in intimate settings.

Quality, intimacy, access and connection—these are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances.

For selected high-resolution images of the 2018-19 season please visit: https://sfperformances.org/media/1819/selectphotos.html or contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org

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