Venue Details

5550 Star Starred
Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from rebecca

solid performance. the woman singer for Shostakovich no. 14 was excellent, and Pictures at an Exhibition is always a crowd pleaser!

reviewed Oct 14 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Steve Cohen

I understand that to "pay" for the classical popular Pictures at an Exhibition, we were required to take on a more challenging piece. This one, a premiere performance, was really exacting too much of a price in the interests of "educating" the...continued

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Review from Goldstar Member

I wish I had known more about the opener- it was a little long (55min) for me, and it was all sung in Russian. Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition was excellent! I would highly recommend seeing this and wish it was longer (35 min, I think).

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“When Conlon is leading a performance, music and drama never seem to be at odds … All of it is marked with a joyous sense of urgency.”— Opera News


This all-Russian program features two epic compositions. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 is an emotive work for soprano, bass, and string orchestra with a battery of percussion, comprised of 11 linked setting of poems that present a gripping discussion of our own mortality. This work pairs well with Ravel’s colorful orchestration of Mussorgsky’s famous work, originally written for solo piano, which helped to make famous the sights and sounds of Kiev.

The concert benefits the Orchestra’s Pension Fund.

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