Singer Rufus Wainwright Brings a World Premiere Work to the San Francisco Symphony
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In a surreal twist, one of Japan's biggest rock stars also happens to be one of that country's most revered classical composers. His name is Yoshiki and the breadth of his musical accomplishment astonishes. The same man who, as the leader of the heavy metal band X Japan, sold out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times was selected by the Japanese government to write a classical composition celebrating Emperor Akihito. Commissioned to write themes for events as diverse as the 2012 Grammys and the World Expo, he has now released a solo album of original instrumental works, Yoshiki Classical, to global acclaim. For one night only, he will perform captivating melodies from his new album live at Davies Symphony Hall, playing solo piano with string quartet accompaniment. Learn More
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[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.
San Francisco Symphony
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.”