Kurt Masur Conducts Mendelssohn and the San Francisco Symphony
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The last date listed for Kurt Masur Conducts Mendelssohn and the San Francisco Symphony was Saturday March 12, 2011 / 8:00pm (Pre-Concert Talk Begins at 7:00pm).
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Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from D. Ch'an-Moriwaki
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As to the comment about the narrator's voice, there are certain "dead spots" where Davies Hall has VERY poor acoustics. Sometimes I don't attend the pre-concert lectures for this very reason, for the continuous stress of straining to decipher the blurred sonics of speech severely subtracts from the enjoyment. However, from where I sat at Midsummer Night's Dream, for once, every aspect of the narrator's delivery was transmitted clearly and undistorted. I got the right seat, and my thank-yous to Goldstar for that! My "sweet spot" revealed the narrator as being an excellent actor and very fine speaker.
In my 7th decade of listening to classical music and SF Symphony (since kidhood), I long ago became a specialist in 20th-Century/Contemporary repertoire. It's therefore rare that I would attend a performance of entirely Romantic-and-earlier programming without highly specific reason. However, this concert was a "must:" almost always heard as an orchestral piece, rarely is it ever performed in its fullness; and also, this is Masur territory. This concert thus was worth my decision to attend, musically --- and especially price-wise, another thank-you to Goldstar.
Simply, utterly superb!!
Quotes & Highlights
- Inside Music, an informative talk with James Keller, begins one hour prior to concerts.
The San Francisco Symphony performs an all-Mendelssohn program led by Kurt Masur, one of history’s foremost Mendelssohn interpreters. The program pairs the picturesque Italian Symphony with Mendelssohn’s puckish incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a hallmark of both the composer’s oeuvre and the Romantic period.
Kurt Masur, conductor
Susannah Biller, soprano
Maya Lahyani, mezzo-soprano
Itay Tiran, narrator
San Francisco Girls Chorus, Susan McMane, director
San Francisco Symphony
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (complete, sung in English)
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