Media Update/For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Contact: Nancy Bertossa
(415) 677-0328 or nancy@sfperformances.org

San Francisco Performances Announces the Addition of Three Vocal Performances to

Summer Music Sessions
July 14–24, 2021
Herbst Theatre
All performances $65/$55/$45

Added Performances

Gabriel Kahane, vocals/piano | Sat, Jul 17, 2021 | 7:30pm | $65/$55/$45
“After the Silence”
Herbst Theatre

Gabriel Kahane, vocals/piano and Nicholas Phan, tenor | Sun, Jul 18, 2021 | 2pm | $65/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

Lawrence Brownlee, tenor | Thu, Jul 22, 2021 | 7:30pm | $65/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—June 2, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) announces the addition of three vocal performances to its Summer Music Sessions, the first summer music concert series in its 41-year history. The Summer Music Sessions runs 11 days from July 14, 2021 through July 24, 2021 at Herbst Theatre and now features 12 concerts with 18 artists in chamber music, piano, vocals and guitar.

“Our planning for the Summer Music Sessions has been in the works for some time, and all along we had hoped to be able to include vocal performances in the complete line-up. However, at the time we announced this series, Covid guidelines for singers were still unclear. Happily, the guidelines have changed and we are very pleased to be able to add these three vocal concerts. We're also very grateful to the artists—Gabriel Kahane, Nicholas Phan and Lawrence Brownlee—for keeping these dates open on their calendars in anticipation of being able to perform here this July. The voice is the most personal instrument, and after 14 months of silence it's great to be able to include singing in these first live person-to-person concerts.” —SFP President, Melanie Smith

July 17—Gabriel Kahane: “After the Silence”
In his first post-pandemic performance, Gabriel Kahane offers, in addition to a survey of his catalog, a new slate of songs drawn from thirty-one he composed in October 2020, one for each day of that tumultuous month. These latest works are among the most personal Kahane has written in a decade, exploring the domestic realms of marriage, friendship, and fatherhood, as well as the ambient grief in a divided country facing down a global pandemic and catastrophic climate change.

SFP presents Gabriel Kahane for the third time. He made his SFP debut in the 2017 PIVOT Festival with his program called “Craiglistlieder, Dichterliebe, and Other Arguments” and again in 2019 with his “8980: Book of Travelers,” a reaction to the deep political and cultural divisions of the 2016 presidential election.

July 18—Gabriel Kahane with Nicholas Phan
This concert orbits the World Premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Final Privacy Song, a setting of a new text which finds its author—the acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder—grappling with our ever-shifting relationships to nature and technology. Tracing these themes from present to past and back again, the program juxtaposes Kahane’s music with a selection of Schubert songs, sung by tenor Nicholas Phan: prophetic miniatures that chronicle the earth’s beauty, its divinity, and the sublime terror—found in nature—that brings us closer to an understanding of the human condition. (Final Privacy Song was commissioned by SFP for its April 26, 2020 40th Anniversary Concert which was cancelled due to COVID-19.)

SFP presents Gabriel Kahane for the fourth time and Nicholas Phan for the fifth time. Phan made his SFP recital debut in the 2016 Salon Series.

July 22—Lawrence Brownlee
His voice has been described as, “an instrument of great beauty and expressions,” by NPR, a fact attested to by an enthusiastic SF Performances audience at his recital debut. This tremendously versatile tenor—who was named “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Award and Bachtrack—explores the songs of his youth with selections of Italian, French and German arts songs including Scarlatti, Torelli, Caccini, Legrenzi, Schubert, Strauss, Fauré, Poulence and Liszt, as well as spirituals by H.T. Burleigh and Hall Johnson.

SFP presents Lawrence Brownlee for the second time. He made his SFP recital debut in 2018.

Ticket Information

Single tickets will go on sale to the public June 14 and can be bought online at sfperformances.org or by phone at 415.677.0325, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm. Patrons with questions should call 415.677.0325, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm.

Safety Protocols

The summer re-opening plan has been developed with the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center and will be in full compliance with San Francisco City and County guidelines for re-gathering.

Safety protocols will include reduced capacity seating, increased ventilation and filtration standards, assigned seating only, no intermission, universal mask wearing (gators or scarves do not qualify as masks), contactless tickets, no food or beverage service, social distancing requirements for entering and exiting the building, and performers will be properly distanced from patrons. Read more about safety protocols for the Veterans Building.

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.

Below is the full roster of Summer Music Session artists which can also be found online

CALENDAR EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

(Please include our name as the presenter—many thanks!)

San Francisco Performances Presents:

DAVID GREILSAMMER, piano
WHEN: Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: Works by JANÁČEK, CPE BACH, MOZART and others
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

GARRICK OHLSSON, piano
WHEN: Thursday, July 15, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: All BRAHMS
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

ADDED: GABRIEL KAHANE, vocals/piano
WHEN: Saturday, July 17, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: “After the Silence”
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

ADDED: GABRIEL KAHANE, vocals/piano
NICHOLAS PHAN, tenor
WHEN: Sunday, July 18, 2021, 2:00pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: “After the Silence”
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WILLIAM KANENGISER, guitar
WHEN: Sunday, July 18, 2021, 7:00pm WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: Works by SANTIAGO DE MURCIA, AQUADO, WALLACE, KHAYAM, JOHANSON, BOGDANOVIC, HEAD
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

NATASHA PAREMSKI, piano
WHEN: Monday, July 19, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: Works by CHOPIN, ADÈS, PROKOFIEV
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN, piano
WHEN: Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: Works by CPE BACH, BEETHOVEN, HAMELIN
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

AARON DIEHL, piano
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: Works by STILL, HANNA. SMITH, JOHNSON, GUESS, ELLINGTON, DETT
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

ADDED: LAWRENCE BROWNLEE, tenor WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: “Songs of My Youth”: Works by SCARLATTI, TORELLI, CACCINI, LEGRENZI, SCHUBERT, STRAUSS, FAURÉ, POULENC, LISZT, H.T. BURLEIGH, HALL JOHNSON
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

TIMO ANDRES, composer/piano
WHEN: Friday, July 23, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: Works by SCHUMAN, SOUTHAM, ROREM, DEBUSSY, ELLINGTON, ANDRES
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

JENNIFER KOH, violin
TIMO ANDRES, composer/piano
JAY CAMPBELL, cello
WHEN: Saturday, July 24, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM: Works by JANÁČEK, ANDRES
CONCERT TICKETS: $65/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

For selected high-resolution images of Summer Music Sessions artists please visit: https://sfperformances.org/media/summer-sessions/selectphotos.html

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