San Francisco Performances favorite Jonathan Biss returns with an ambitious and intriguing series of recitals that ask contemporary American composers of three generations to consider and musically respond to the legacy of Franz Schubert. Alvin Singleton (b. 1940) draws inspiration from a wide stream including folk and spiritual, classical and pop, with often surprising and theatrical nuance. Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980) is “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas” (Wall Street Journal) who often melds composition and improvisation. At just 23, Tyson Gholston Davis has been commissioned by an astonishing array of artists and ensembles, including the Juilliard String Quartet and Eighth Blackbird.
Jonathan Biss’s boundless curiosity about humanity and art make him a thoughtful and compelling performer. He is known for assembling programs that plumb the depths of history, explore sparks of creativity and affirm the unity of shared experience. San Francisco Classical Voice called him, “a pianist whose probing, incisive, and deeply considered performances are consistently challenging and rewarding.”
Echoes of Schubert: Schubert and Davis
Thu Jan 18 | 7:30pm
Echoes of Schubert: Schubert and Singleton
Thu Mar 14 | 7:30pm
Echoes of Schubert: Schubert and Sorey
Thu May 2 | 7:30pm