Monday, October 4, 2019
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Jason Vieaux, guitar

Friday October 4, 2019, 7:30pm | $60/$50/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—October 4, 2019—San Francisco Performances (SFP) is pleased to present Grammy-winning Guitarist-in-Residence Jason Vieaux in a solo recital on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre. This is Vieaux’s second appearance. He made his SFP debut in October, 2017.

“Jason Vieaux is an artist who displays amazing fluency in a variety of musical styles," remarks SFP President Melanie Smith. “NPR has called him ‘perhaps the most precise and soulful guitarist of his generation,’ and SF Performances is delighted to begin a multi-year relationship with him as Guitarist-in-Residence. In this role, he’ll reach new audiences through his work in local public schools, and through his creative and beautiful performances on our guitar series.”

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Vieaux was also the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular Tiny Desk series.

Jason Vieaux has performed as soloist with over 100 orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Additional recent and future highlights include performances at Caramoor Festival as Artist-in-Residence, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the National Gallery of Art, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s 92Y, RaviniaFestival and many other distinguished series. He has forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer through performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, San Francisco Performances, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton and many others. Chamber music collaborators include the Escher Quartet; Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; violinists Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristin Lee and Tessa Lark; acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and accordion/bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.

Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Vivian Fung, José Luis Merlin, Mark Mancina and more. Jason recently premiered Visconti’s Living Language Guitar Concerto with the California Symphony and recorded Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto live with the Nashville Symphony, released in May, 2019 on Naxos.

Vieaux’s latest CD release is a performance of Jeff Beal’s Six Sixteen Guitar Concerto with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (BIS). He has upcoming releases on Azica and Naxos, and recent recordings include Infusion (Azica) with accordionist/bandoneonist Julien Labro; Ginastera’s Guitar Sonata, which is featured on Ginastera; One Hundred (Oberlin Music) produced by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and Together (Azica), a duo album with Kondonassis.

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with Artist Works Inc., an interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. Jason Vieaux plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar with Augustine strings.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
SCARLATTI (arr. Brouwer): Sonata in A Major, K. 208
GIULIANI: Variations on a Theme of Handel, Op. 107
BACH (arr. Vieaux): Violin Sonata G minor, BWV 1001
FRANK MARTIN: Quatre pièces brèves
BARRIOS: Vals in G Major, Op. 8, No. 4
JOBIN (arr. Dyens): A Felicidade
ELLINGTON (arr. Vieaux): In A Sentimental Mood
JOSÉ LUIS MERLÍN: Suite del Recuerdo

Watch Vieaux’s first NPR Tiny Desk Concert:

Tickets are $60/$50/$45 and can be purchased at 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

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

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.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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Jason Vieaux, guitar

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $60/$50/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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