Singer Rufus Wainwright Brings a World Premiere Work to the San Francisco Symphony
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Christmas concerts don't get any classier than Dianne Reeves performing with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall. As a jazz vocalist, no one comes close to Reeves ... not by a country mile. In five years, she won four Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal performance -- a feat unmatched by any artist, ever. Now, she pours all of her virtuosity, improvisational powers and unique stylings into a one-night-only performance of standards and holiday songs. Let this incomparably talented vocalist heat up your December with torch songs and tender carols, as Sarah Hicks conducts the San Francisco Symphony. Learn More
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Featured review from Jennifer E.
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OK - premier second tier was the very last row in the whole venue just fair warning. Sound quality is quite acceptable in Davies no matter where, but just be warned.
(Note - I am a R. Wainwright fan) As for the concert - stick with the album version of the Beethoven pieces. The orchestral was "meh". The rest of the program - Milhaud & Weil - very uninteresting and the playing not very dynamic. Bummed Kahane pulled out - replacement was quality, particularly for a last minute replacement. Worth seeing again.
Quotes & Highlights
- Check out Rufus Wainwright's website.
- [Rufus Wainwright] is simply, fabulously, and stunningly talented." --BBC
- There is a free pre-concert lecture one hour prior to the program.
Revel in this delightfully eclectic evening of music, featuring the world premiere of Five Shakespeare Sonnets by contemporary pop icon Rufus Wainwright, also the cycle’s featured vocalist. This new work is bookended by Ravel’s exuberant Piano Concerto—conducted from the keyboard by the incisive maestro Jeffrey Kahane—and the Second Symphony of Kurt Weill, the theater composer of “Mack the Knife” and other hallmarks of Weimar Germany.
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Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Rufus Wainwright Five Shakespeare Sonnets (San Francisco Symphony Commission, World Premiere)
Weill Symphony No. 2
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.
Wainwright’s much acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. The opera will make its London debut at Sadler’s Wells in April 2010, and its North American debut in Toronto at the Luminato Festival in June 2010. The New York Times said, "There are inspired touches and disarmingly beautiful passages in this mysterious, stylistically eclectic work in Rufus Wainwright's first opera..." The London Times declared, "...the Canadian singer-songwriter hasn’t just written an opera. He’s written a love song to opera, soaked in the perennial operatic themes of loss, betrayal, delusion and nostalgia, and saturated in the musical styles of opera’s golden age."
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