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Rufus Wainwright Performs World Premiere with the San Francisco Symphony
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9 stars
attended Nov 13 2010

Rufus was wonderful. Love his sense of humor. The second sonnet in the song cycle was super. I love how beautiful were the melodies in all of sonnets in the music he composed for.

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attended Nov 13 2010

The show was very good, but not what I was expecting. Rufus only sang for 20-25 minutes, so it was a little disappointing as I expected him to perform for at least 45. The orchestra was very good, and I enjoyed the show overall.

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2 stars
attended Nov 13 2010

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...continued

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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.

Artists: **

Jeffrey Kahane**


Jeffrey Kahane


Rufus Wainwright


San Francisco Symphony  

Program:   **

Ravel** Piano Concerto in G major   **

Rufus Wainwright** Five Shakespeare Sonnets (San Francisco Symphony Commission, World Premiere)   **

Weill** Symphony No. 2

Rufus Wainwright:

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.”