Monday, October 7, 2019
Contact: Nancy Bertossa
(415) 677-0328 or

San Francisco Performances Presents
40th Anniversary Gala Concert with
Richard Goode, piano

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00pm | $85/$65/$45 Concert Tickets Only
Herbst Theatre

Reception, Richard Goode Concert and Dinner
Tuesday, October 29, 6:00pm | $500
War Memorial Green Room and Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—October 7, 2019—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents a solo recital of the renowned pianist Richard Goode in a special one-hour 40th Anniversary Gala Concert of Janáček, Chopin and Debussy on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:00 pm at Herbst Theatre. SFP presents Richard Goode for the 13th time. He first appeared in 1985 and most recently returned in February, 2016.

The evening offers the choice to attend the full Gala evening honoring The Shenson Foundation which includes a pre-concert cocktail reception (6 pm), the Richard Goode concert (7 pm), and a post-concert dinner or to attend only the Gala Concert. Full Gala tickets start at $500 and all proceeds benefit SF Performances’ education and outreach programs. This year’s Gala Chairs are Neil Goteiner and Nicole Goteiner Lopez.

“We are honored to have longtime SF Performances friend, Richard Goode, perform at our 40th Anniversary Gala. His performance on this occasion represents the cornerstone of our 40-year mission to connect the world's greatest artists with Bay Area audiences in intimate and accessible settings,” remarks SFP President Melanie Smith. “It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.” (The New York Times)

Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music.

One of today’s most revered recitalists, Goode will be heard in 2019–20 in London, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Costa Mesa, Houston, Rockport, Tallahassee, at the Ravinia Festival and at colleges and universities around the country. He will play Mozart with Vladimir Jurowski and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and has recitals in Italy, Switzerland and the UK. His master classes continue to be hailed as truly memorable events.

In recent seasons, Goode appeared as soloist with Louis Langree and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a program filmed as part of a documentary celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of the country’s most popular summer musical events. He also toured in the U.S. with one of the world’s most admired orchestras and his recording partner, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer. Their recording of the five Beethoven Piano Concertos has won worldwide acclaim. Other orchestral appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and in Europe with the London Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic.

An exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, Goode has made more than two dozen recordings over the years, ranging from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos. His recording of the five Beethoven concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer was released in 2009 to exceptional critical acclaim, described as “a landmark recording” by the Financial Times and nominated for a Grammy award. His 10-CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle, the first-ever by an American born pianist, was nominated for a Grammy and has been ranked among the most distinguished recordings of this repertoire.

A native of New York, Richard Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. His numerous prizes over the years include the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize and a Grammy award for his recording of the Brahms Sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. His first public performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at Kansas City’s Folly Theater and New York’s 92Y in 1987–88 brought him to international attention being hailed by the New York Times as “among the season’s most important and memorable events.” It was later performed with great success at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1994 and 1995.

Goode is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld, and, when the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
JANÁČEK: In the Mist
CHOPIN: Nocturne, Op. 55, No. 2 in E-flat; 3 Mazurkas, Op. 59
DEBUSSY: Images Book 2; La Soiree dans Grenade (from Estampes); L’isle Joyeuse

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Concert only tickets are $85/$65/$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545. Full Gala tickets are $500 and can be purchased by calling 415.677.0326 or contacting


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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40th Anniversary Concert with Richard Goode, piano
WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:00pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
CONCERT TICKETS: $85/$65/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;
CONTACT: (415) 677.0326;

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