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San Francisco Performances Presents
Christian Gerhaher, baritone
Gerold Huber, piano

The Art of Song Series

All Mahler Program

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—September 27, 2019—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents the German baritone Christian Gerhaher, described by the Telegraph (UK) as “the most moving singer in the world,” and his longtime accompanist Gerold Huber on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. SFP presents Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber for the third time. They made their San Francisco recital debut in 2014 and returned in 2016.

Declaring German baritone Christian Gerhaher’s San Francisco Performances’ 2014–15 season opening recital as “phenomenal”, the San Francisco Chronicle went on to say, “This was a brilliantly organized program, executed with a combination of elegance and dramatic fervor that most singers could only envy.”

“As one of the remaining North American presenters who offer an Art of Song Series, SFP is pleased to bring back one of the great contemporary artists of this genre, Christian Gerhaher for a second all-Mahler evening with his longtime collaborator, pianist Gerold Huber.”—SFP President Melanie Smith

During his studies under Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach, German baritone Christian Gerhaher attended the Opera School of the Academy of Music in Munich and, together with Gerold Huber, studied lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies Christian Gerhaher perfected his vocal training in master-classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. At present Christian Gerhaher himself teaches occasionally in select master-classes and is an honorary professor at the Academy of Music in Munich. He holds the title Bayerischer Kammersänger, is an honorary professor at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre and bearer of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.

Together with his regular piano accompanist Gerold Huber, Christian Gerhaher has devoted himself to lied interpretation for 30 years now, in concerts, recordings and in teaching, and they have been awarded major prizes. The lied duo can be heard on the stages of major international recital centres, for instance in the concert halls of New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie and the Cité de la musique in Paris. They are particularly frequent guests in the Konzerthaus and the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid as well as in the Wigmore Hall in London—there and in the Musikverein in Vienna. Gerhaher is a regular guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the London Proms, the Salzburg Festival as well as the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festivals.

Christian Gerhaher has performed together with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Christian Thielemann, Kirill Petrenko, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Andris Nelsons, Kent Nagano and Mariss Jansons in the world’s major concert halls. Major orchestras which regularly invite Christian Gerhaher to perform include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and in particular the Berlin Philharmonic, where he was the first ever singer to be artist in residence, as well as the Swedish and especially the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Besides his principle activity giving concerts and recitals, Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after performer on the opera stage and has received several prizes such as the Laurence Olivier Award and the theatre prize Der Faust. A milestone in Christian Gerhaher’s opera career was his debut in the title role of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in September 2015 at Zurich Opera House in the exceptional staging by Andreas Homoki.

Productions in the 2018–19 season include Robert Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust at the Hamburg State Opera (Achim Freyer and Kent Nagano), Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Theater an der Wien (Calixto Bieito and Jukka Pekka Saraste) and the reprise of David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, for the first time singing the role of Figaro at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Christian Gerhaher and his wife live with their three children in Munich.

Gerold Huber studied piano under Friedemann Berger at the Musikhochschule in Munich and attended Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s lied class in Berlin. In 1998 he was awarded the Prix International Pro Musicis with Christian Gerhaher. Gerold Huber gives master classes, and since 2013 he has been a professor for lied accompaniment at the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg. Gerold has appeared at major festivals and concert halls, including Konzertverein Vienna, Wigmore Hall London and Bavarian State Opera Munich, performing with Christian Gerhaher, Christina Landshamer, Franz-Josef Selig, Mojca Erdmann, Diana Damrau, Ruth Ziesak, Maximillian Schmitt, Christiane Karg, Rolando Villazon and others.

All of Huber’s recordings with Christian Gerhaher have been issued by Sony Classical, and awarded various prizes. The Schubert recording Nachtviolen was honored with the Gramophone Award in 2015. Recent recordings include the song recital Folkslieder with Christian Gerhaher (Sony), and recordings with Franz-Josef Selig, Ruth Ziesak and Maximilian Schmitt.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
ALL MAHLER PROGRAM: including Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Kindertotenlieder

Watch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shjrAc5zH4I

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can be purchased at sfperformances.org or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets.

About San Francisco Performances

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We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

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SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS
Christian Gerhaher, baritone
Gerold Huber, piano

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: ALL MAHLER PROGRAM including Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Kindertotenlieder
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

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