San Francisco Symphony: Works from American Composers Copland and Gershwin
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The last date listed for San Francisco Symphony: American Composers was Thursday July 8, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik leads the orchestra in an irresistible program featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Britten and Piazzolla. Following a lovely early Mozart Divertimento, Barantschik takes center stage in Mendelssohn's D minor Violin Concerto, one of the Romantic master's finest creations and a delightful surprise for concertgoers who only know its more famous sibling. Britten's gorgeous Simple Symphony salutes the composer's centenary, and the program concludes with the sultry music of another 20th-century master: Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, the "King of Nuevo Tango." Inside Music, an informative talk with Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to the concert. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Susanna McMahon
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The music is great but this conductor, full of energy and enthusiasm, needs to sometimes tamp down the volume. When almost all movements are done at high volume, there is a lack of variation and the shadings and nuances in the music are missed. This was especially true for the second half when the orchestra totally overpowered the singers. It felt like a competition between the instruments and the vocalists with the orchestra winning.
Quotes & Highlights
- Come an hour prior to concert for lobby entertainment including the Martini Brothers, plus desserts and specialty drinks.
Kick off the summer series with this program of popular classics and unexpected gems by two quintessential American voices. Aaron Copland defined the sound of Americana with his 1942 ballet Rodeo, while his Danzón Cubano and George Gershwin's exuberant Cuban Overture look to the vibrant folk music of Latin America. The evening also features two rising stars of the opera world, Alyson Cambridge and Gordon Hawkins, in music from the groundbreaking jazz opera Porgy and Bess, including "Summertime" and other signature Gershwin tunes.
Donato Cabrera conductor
Alyson Cambridge soprano
Gordon Hawkins bass-baritone
Copland Danzón Cubano
Copland Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Gershwin Cuban Overture
Gershwin Music from Porgy and Bess Suite
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