Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Contact: Nancy Bertossa
(415) 677-0328 or nancy@sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances 2019–20 Season 40th Anniversary

Subscription Ticket Information: (On Sale April 24, 2019) SF Performances Ticket Office (415) 677-0325
Single Ticket Information: (On Sale August 19, 2019): (415) 392-2545

Press Information

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Website: https://sfperformances.org
Press Room: https://sfperformances.org/media/media.html

Venues

  • Herbst Theatre: 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
  • Education Studio: 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), 4th Floor, San Francisco
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church: St. Mark’s Square at 1111 O’Farrell Street (at Franklin Street), San Francisco
  • Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA: 700 Howard Street (at Third Street), San Francisco

2019–20 Season Calendar<>

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

September 2019

Natasha Paremski, piano
Alfredo Rodriguez, piano
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45<br> PROGRAM:
PROKOFIEV: Visions Fuigitives, Op. 22
RAVEL: Gaspard de la Nuit
BALAKIREV: lslamey

Pianists Natasha Paremski and Alfredo Rodriguez combine their individual musical fireworks. One is known as a galvanizing young classical artist and the other a Cuban jazz composer/interpreter. Their "call-and-response" style program makes historical masterworks ingenious material for interplay and improvisation.

October 2019

Manuel Barrueco, guitar
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2019, 7PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
PROGRAM:
Music by LUIS DE NARVÁEZ, HÉCTOR ANGULO, IGNACIO CERVANTES, JULIÁN ORBÓN, ENRIQUE GRANADOS, ISAAC ALBÉNIZ, F. TÁRREGA

Manuel Barrueco has a long and close relationship with SF Performances and our audiences as a frequent performer and former artist-in-residence. His program is steeped in Spanish and New World musical traditions.

Z.E.N. Trio
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Zhang Zuo, piano
Esther Yoo, violin
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
PROGRAM:
To include works by SCHUBERT and SHOSTAKOVICH

Welcome the Z.E.N. Trio, which captured the UK’s attention in its electrifying debut as BBC New Generation Artists. “…each of the three is a bold, imaginative and inspiring performer: never eclipsing their colleagues but each frequently, at points throughout the programme, dazzling in their own right.” (Cambridge Independent)

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019, 10:00AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Beethoven Quartets

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg survey Beethoven’s string quartets in this audience-favorite Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Greenberg’s affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are the perfect start to the weekend.

Calidore String Quartet
MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Jeffrey Myers, violin
Ryan Meehan, violin
Jeremy Berry, viola
Estelle Choi, cello
PROGRAM:
HAYDN: Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz
ANNA CLYNE: New Work (World premiere)
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 130 and Op.133 “Grosse Fuge”

The Calidore String Quartet’s “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) propelled its successful 2018 SF Performances debut. This season promises an eagerly awaited return and a world premiere by exciting young British composer Anna Clyne.

Christian Gerhaher, baritone
Gerold Huber, piano
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
ALL-MAHLER PROGRAM
including Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Kindertotenlieder

Christian Gerhaher is, according to the UK’s Telegraph, quite simply, “the most moving singer in the world.”

Jason Vieaux, guitar
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
PROGRAM:
SCARLATTI:
Sonata in A Major, K. 208 (arr. Brouwer)
GIULIANI: Variations on a Theme of Handel, Op. 107
BACH: Violin Sonata G minor, BWV 1001 (arr. Vieaux)
PAT METHENY: New suite written for Jason Vieaux
JOSÉ LUIS MERLÍN: Suite del Recuerdo

NPR has called him “perhaps the most precise and soulful guitarist of his generation.” Jason Vieaux premieres a new work written for him by American jazz icon Pat Metheny on a program encompassing baroque to contemporary.

40th Anniversary Gala with Richard Goode
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019, 6PM

War Memorial Green Room and Herbst Theatre | $500
PROGRAM:
BACH:
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
BARTÓK: Suite, Op. 14
DEBUSSY: Images Book I
CHOPIN: Etude, Preludes, and Nocturnes (tba)
DEBUSSY: Four Etudes, Soiree dans Grenade (from Estampes), L’isle Joyeuse

The Gala includes a pre-concert cocktail reception (6pm), a concert by the esteemed pianist Richard Goode (7pm), and post-concert dinner. Proceeds benefit SF Performances’ education programs. Call (415) 677.0326.

40th Anniversary Concert with Richard Goode
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019, 6PM

Herbst Theatre | $85/$65/$45
PROGRAM:
BACH:
Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
BARTÓK: Suite, Op. 14
DEBUSSY: Images Book I
CHOPIN: Etude, Preludes, and Nocturnes (tba)
DEBUSSY: Four Etudes, Soiree dans Grenade (from Estampes), L’isle Joyeuse

The Concert brings renowned pianist Richard Goode back to the Herbst Theatre for a memorable evening of Debussy and Chopin. (No discounts available. Orchestra seating limited availability.)

November 2019

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019, 10:00AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Beethoven Quartets

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg continue their survey of Beethoven’s string quartets in this audience-favorite Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Greenberg’s affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are the perfect start to the weekend.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
Scott Tennant
Matt Greif
John Dearman
Bill Kanengiser
PROGRAM:
American Guitar Masterworks by PAT METHENY, SOUSA, COPLAND, ZAPPA, HENDRIX, CHET ATKINS, FLATT & SCRUGGS, FRED HAND, ROBERT BEASER, JULIAN LAGE and others.

The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) sets its insightful and illuminating interpretive sights on American Guitar Masterworks from barn raising to consciousness-raising music from Copland to Hendrix.

December 2019

Brentano String Quartet
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Mark Steinberg, violin
Serena Canin, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Lee, cello
PROGRAM:
MOZART:
Quartet in A Major, K464
RESPIGHI: Il tramonto
SCHOENBERG: Quartet No. 2 for soprano and string quartet in F-sharp minor, Op.10

The “diva next door”—warmly personable and formidably gifted soprano Dawn Upshaw—returns to SF Performances with the peerless Brentano, “a magnificent quartet. This was wonderful, selfless music-making.” (Times of London)

Xuefei Yang, guitar
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019, 7:30PM

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church | $60/$50
PROGRAM:

DEBUSSY: La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin
FALLA: Homenaje, pour le tombeau de Debussy; Miller’s Dance from Three-Cornered Hat
RODRIGO: Invocacion y Danza
GRANADOS: La Maja de Goya; Zapateado
PACO DE LUCIA: Reflection of the Moon
PACO PENA: Columbianas
CHEN YI: works written for Xuefei Yang; plus traditional Chinese music

A charismatic performer, Xuefei Yang’s “feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship” (New York Times) have made her a frequent and welcome SF Performances artist.

Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Kathleen Kelly, piano
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM:
ELINOR REMICK WARREN:
Heather
LILI BOULANGER: Attente
AMY BEACH: Ah, love but a day!
NADIA BOULANGER: S’il arrive jamais
HAYDN: Arianna a Naxos
LIBBY LARSEN: Love After 1950
RAVEL: Chanson à boire
DUPARC: Phidylé
R. STRAUSS: Cäcilie

Jamie Barton’s program brings a refreshingly personal, uniquely feminist perspective focusing on women composers and putting them in context alongside their male peers.

January 2020

SALON SERIES: Sponsored by KDFC Radio
Curated by Edward Simon, jazz composer-arranger and band leader
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020, 6:30PM
Education Studio, 4th Floor, War Memorial Veteran’s Building | $40
(Specific artists and programs TBA)

Jazz improviser, composer-arranger and band leader Edward Simon curates the return of the Salons after a year hiatus. Salons create a convivial atmosphere for audiences to hear and learn from artists as they share their music, the love of their craft, and their own stories. Harkening back to a time when artists performed in intimate spaces for smaller groups of friends, SF Performances’ Salons provide an insider perspective and occasional sneak preview of artists’ personal reflections and works in progress.

PIVOT: String Theory
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Stefan Jackiw, violin
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
PROGRAM:
J.S. BACH: Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014
VIKTOR KALABIS: Sonata for violin and harpsichord
LESTER ST. LOUIS: New Work
C.P.E. BACH: Sonata in B minor
WALTER PISTON: Sonatina for violin and harpsichord

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who made his SF Performances debut three years ago, shatters musty stereotypes of the baroque keyboard with violinist Stefan Jackiw in a program surveying 300+ years of music that puts the harpsichord in an entirely new light.

PIVOT: String Theory
Jennifer Koh, violin
Vijay Iyer, piano
Tyshawn Sorey, percussion
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
PROGRAM:
Limitless

SF Performances favorites Jennifer Koh and Vijay Iyer team up with debut percussionist Tyshawn Sorey. This dynamic trio of creator/performers examines limitless relationships between composer and performer and composer as performer including two new works and improvisations.

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020, 10:00AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Beethoven Quartets

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg continue their survey of Beethoven’s string quartets in this audience-favorite Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Greenberg’s affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are the perfect start to the weekend.

PIVOT: String Theory
Theo Bleckmann, vocals
Telegraph Quartet
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
Theo Bleckmann, vocalist
Gary Versace, piano/accordion/melodica
Eric Chin, violin
Joseph Maile, violin
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jeremiah Shaw, cello

Category-defying German composer/vocalist Theo Bleckmann joins the adventurous Telegraph Quartet in an evening of cabaret songs of Love and War, Peace and Exile. “Theo Bleckmann sounds like he can sing anything.” (Boston Globe)

PIVOT: String Theory
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Jay Campbell, cello
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020, 5PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM:

From the Winchester Troper (11th Century)
JÖRG WIDMANN: 24 Duos for violin and cello
GIBBONS: Fantasia
RAVEL: Sonata for violin and cello
XENAKIS: Dhipli Zyia<br> MACHAUT: Balade 4 (Biauté qui)
LIGETI: Hommage à Hilding Rosenberg
KODÁLY: Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Jay Campbell have chosen a program that spans a millennium, underscoring the timeless power of music to communicate, innovate and move us. Kopatchinskaja “is incapable of giving a boring performance” (Bachtrack), and Campbell “performs music of our time not out of obligation but because it excites him so much.” (New York Times)

February 2020

Garrick Ohlsson, piano
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $85/$65/$45
PROGRAM: BRAHMS II:
Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79; Seven Fantasias, Op. 116; Variations on a Theme of Paganini Bk. 2, Op. 35; Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

Perennially loved by Bay Area audiences, Garrick Ohlsson returns for the first of two recitals to complete his two year survey of Brahms’ complete solo piano works begun last season. The second recital is Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 7:30 PM.

SALON SERIES: Sponsored by KDFC Radio
Curated by Edward Simon, jazz composer-arranger and band leader
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020, 6:30PM
Education Studio, 4th Floor, War Memorial Veteran’s Building | $40
(Specific artists and programs TBA)

Jazz improviser, composer-arranger and band leader Edward Simon curates the return of the Salons after a year hiatus. Salons create a convivial atmosphere for audiences to hear and learn from artists as they share their music, the love of their craft, and their own stories. Harkening back to a time when artists performed in intimate spaces for smaller groups of friends, SF Performances Salons provide an insider perspective and occasional sneak preview of artists’ personal reflections and works in progress.

Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020, 10AM

Herbst Theatre | $45
PROGRAM: BBETHOVEN
vocal works

Praised for his “nobility and rich tone,” (The New York Times) and his “enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable… [of] raising the dead;” (all Street Journal), bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a worldwide career in opera, recital and in many works with orchestra.

While known for the abundance of compositions for instruments and ensembles, Beethoven’s output for songs was fairly limited. In a combination of musical insights and anecdotes about the composer’s life, along with performances of the works being discussed, Burton and music historian Robert Greenberg will explore the depth and beauty of these not often performed works in a unique lecture/recital format.

Isabelle Faust, violin
Alexander Melnikov, piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM:
Trio in E-flat Major, WoO.38; Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2; Variations on an Original Theme in E-flat Major, Op. 44; Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 “Ghost

Faust, Melnikov and Queyras bring together their individual prowess as international soloists in a Beethoven celebration.

Paul Taylor Dance Company

PROGRAM A:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020, 7:30PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020, 7:30PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2020, 2:00PM

Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA | $90/$65/$40
Company B/Concertiana (West Coast premiere)/Esplanade

PROGRAM B:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20,2020, 7:30PM
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020, 7:30PM

Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA | $90/$65/$40
Polaris/Last Look/Piazzolla Calder

FAMILY MATINEE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020, 2:00PM

$15 CHILD/$25 ADULT

The dance world lost Paul Taylor in 2018 after more than a six-decade career setting the standard for art, craft, inspiration and innovation in contemporary dance. The vibrant and versatile Paul Taylor Dance Company has called SF Performances its second home with regular appearances here for three decades. The Company’s two different programs include Taylor’s final work, Concertiana, and signature dances that defined his artistry—and dance in America.

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020, 10:00AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Beethoven Quartets

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg continue their survey of Beethoven’s string quartets in this audience-favorite Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Greenberg’s affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are the perfect start to the weekend.

SALON SERIES: Sponsored by KDFC Radio
Curated by Edward Simon, jazz composer-arranger and band leader
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020, 6:30PM
Education Studio, 4th Floor, War Memorial Veteran’s Building | $40
(Specific artists and programs TBA)

Jazz improviser, composer-arranger and band leader Edward Simon curates the return of the Salons after a year hiatus. Salons create a convivial atmosphere for audiences to hear and learn from artists as they share their music, the love of their craft, and their own stories. Harkening back to a time when artists performed in intimate spaces for smaller groups of friends, SF Performances Salons provide an insider perspective and occasional sneak preview of artists’ personal reflections and works in progress.

The Day
Performed by Wendy Whelan, dancer and Maya Beiser, cello
Lucinda Childs, choreography
David Lang, words and music
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020, 7:30PM
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
PROGRAM: The Day

Ground-breaking dancer Wendy Whelan, legendary choreographer Lucinda Childs, renowned cellist/ creative producer Maya Beiser and Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang partner for the Bay Area premiere of The Day. The bold, collaborative evening is a sensory exploration of interconnected human journeys—life and the eternal—as seen through the shared languages of music and dance.

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020, 10:00AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Beethoven Quartets

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg continue their survey of Beethoven’s string quartets in this audience-favorite Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Greenberg’s affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are the perfect start to the weekend.

March 2020

Bill Kanengiser, guitar
Alexander String Quartet
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
Bill Kanengiser, guitar
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: “British Invasion”:
STING and DUSAN BOGDANOVICH: Prism—Six Songs by Sting (US premiere)
LEO BROUWER: Seven Songs After the Beatles
IAN KROUSE: Labyrinth (on a theme by Led Zeppelin) and Music in Four Sharps (on Dowland‘s “Frog” Galliard)
DOWLAND: select songs performed on solo guitar

Bill Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet joins the Alexander String Quartet for the US premiere of Sting and Dusan Bogdanovich’s Prism—Six Songs by Sting. The program, entitled “British Invasion” also features works by Leo Brouwer, Ian Krouse and John Dowland.

Pavel Haas Quartet
Boris Giltburg, piano
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Veronika Jarůšková, Violin
Marek Zwiebel, Violin
Jiří Kabát, Viola
Peter Jarůšek, Cello
PROGRAM:
MARTINŮ:
Quartet No. 6, H.312
BARTÓK: Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op.81

Boris Giltburg joins the Pavel Haas Quartet for a concert of Eastern European chamber music featuring Dvořák’s stunning Quintet. “Their sound is, as ever, immediately recognizable—partly due to the sheer richness of timbre but also the sense of four personalities at play.” (Gramophone)

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020, 10:00AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Beethoven Quartets

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg continue their survey of Beethoven’s string quartets in this audience-favorite Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Greenberg’s affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are the perfect start to the weekend.

David Russell, guitar
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
PROGRAM:
COSTE:
Introduction and Polonaise
HANDEL: Suite No. 7 in G minor
BARRIOS: Caazapa; Sueno en la Floresta
BACH: Chorale Prelude “Wachet auf, ruft us die Stimme”, BWV 645; Chorale Prelude “Jesu bleibet meine Freude”, BWV 147
ASSAD: Phyllis’ Portrait
BARRIOS: PrimaveraWaltz in G

Grammy-winner David Russell “is not only an elegant musician but also a technician of the highest order,” according to SF Classical Voice. His multiple SF Performances recitals and packed houses attest to his artistry and appeal.

Sir András Schiff, piano
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $90/$70/$45
PROGRAM:
BEETHOVEN:
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26; Piano Sonata No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 “Moonlight”; Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28

One of music’s most revered pianists, Sir András Schiff has a long history with SF Performances audiences. Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle observed, “The clarity and precision with which Schiff pulls this off are as remarkable as the wealth of color and expression that he brings out in performance.”

Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Javier Perianes, piano
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM:
SCHUBERT:
“Arpeggione” Sonata, D. 821
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op.120
DE FALLA: Seven Popular Songs
ALBENIZ: Tango
VILLA-LOBOS: Cantilena (Aria)
PIAZZOLLA: Le Grand Tango

“Tabea Zimmermann is one of the greatest players of our time (on any instrument)” asserts London’s Observer. Germany’s Bayern 4 Radio added, “Discipline and freedom, dancelike rhythm and improvisatory gesture seem to balance themselves effortlessly.” Her artistry is perfectly matched in the “luminosity” of Javier Perianes’ playing. (London Telegraph)

Jerusalem Quartet
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
Alexander Pavlovsky, violin
Sergei Bresler, violin
Ori Kam, viola
Kyril Zlotnokov, cello
PROGRAM:
HAYDN:
Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths”
SHOSTAKOVICH: Quartet No. 9 in E-Flat Major, Op. 117
BRAHMS: Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet,” proclaims the New York Times about the Jerusalem Quartet, which makes its SF Performances debut.

Garrick Ohlsson, piano
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020, 7:30 PM
Herbst Theatre | $85/$65/$45
PROGRAM 2: BRAHMS II: Scherzo in E-flat minor, Op. 4; Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann in F-sharp minor, Op. 9; Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 1; Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39; Four Pieces, Op. 119

Perennially loved by Bay Area audiences, Garrick Ohlsson returns for the final recital of his two year survey of Brahms’ complete solo piano works begun last season.

April 2020

SALON SERIES: Sponsored by KDFC Radio
Curated by Edward Simon, jazz composer-arranger and band leader
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020, 6:30PM
Education Studio, 4th Floor, War Memorial Veteran’s Building | $40
(Specific artists and programs TBA)

Jazz improviser, composer-arranger and band leader Edward Simon curates the return of the Salons after a year hiatus. Salons create a convivial atmosphere for audiences to hear and learn from artists as they share their music, the love of their craft, and their own stories. Harkening back to a time when artists performed in intimate spaces for smaller groups of friends, SF Performances Salons provide an insider perspective and occasional sneak preview of artists’ personal reflections and works in progress.

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $85/$65/$45
PROGRAM:
SCRIABIN:
Fantasy in B minor, Op. 28
PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms, Op. 17
FEINBERG: Piano Sonata No. 3
SCHUBERT: Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960

In two decades of appearances and partnership with SF Performances, Marc-André Hamelin has consistently given recitals that are as illuminating and insightful as they are musically satisfying. His technique is larger-than- life and his generosity of spirit informs every note.

40th Anniversary Family Day of Performance
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020, 1-5:00PM

War Memorial Veterans Building | Children under 18 free/$25 Adult all-day pass

Join San Francisco Performances as they officially celebrate their 40th anniversary with a Family Day marathon of 40 free and low-cost concerts and recitals throughout the War Memorial Veterans Building.

40th Anniversary Concert
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020, 7:00PM

Herbst Theatre | $40 All Seats
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Gabriel Kahane, composer/pianist
Alexander String Quartet:
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Premieres of new works by MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN and GABRIEL KAHANE

This celebratory concert includes pianist Marc-André Hamelin, the Alexander String Quartet, tenor Nicholas Phan and composer Gabriel Kahane. The program features the world premieres of a new quintet by Hamelin that he will perform with the Alexander String Quartet and a new song cycle by Gabriel Kahane for Nicholas Phan.

Mark Padmore, tenor
Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $70/$55/$45
PROGRAM: SCHUBERT:
Winterreise

Mark Padmore and Marc-André Hamelin make an eagerly awaited return. There is everything to like about this duo: charisma, chemistry, emotional depth and, together, the technical gifts to make Schubert’s tour-de-force Winterreise a transcendent musical experience.

Mark Padmore, tenor
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020, 7:30PM
Herbst Theatre | $60/$50/$45
Tanya Tomkins, cello and other artists
PROGRAM: All-Baroque program

Tenor Mark Padmore is a frequent SF Performances artist, and with good reason. He crafts deeply emotional and provocative programs, delivering them with thrilling technical command and a magnetic presence. For his SF Performances return, Padmore brings together some of the top baroque interpreters of our time.

May 2020

Benjamin Appl, baritone
James Baillieu, piano
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020, 7:30PM

Herbst Theatre | $45
PROGRAM: Songs by SCHUBERT, TCHAIKOVSKY, R. STRAUSS, HAHN, CHABRIER, SOMERVELL, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, SCHUMANN, GURNEY, BOLCOM, QUILTER, BRAHMS, SCHOENBERG, WOLF, GRIEG, WEBER and MACMILLAN

Suave-toned and supremely inspired, baritone Benjamin Appl makes his SF Performances debut in a varied and energetic program of songs and Lieder. “…fearlessly physical, with a broad palette of tones and styles.” (New York Times)

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, Music Historian
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020, 10:00AM

Herbst Theatre | $65/$55/$45
Zakarias Grafilo, violin
Frederick Lifsitz, violin
Paul Yarbrough, viola
Sandy Wilson, cello
PROGRAM: Beethoven Quartets

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg finish their survey of Beethoven’s string quartets in this audience-favorite Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Greenberg’s affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are the perfect start to the weekend.

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.

Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SFP has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. SFP’s outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.

For selected high-resolution images of the 2019–20 season, please visit https://sfperformances.org/media/1920/selectphotos.html or contact Nancy Bertossa.

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