Guest conductor Alan Gilbert leads the San Francisco Symphony in a concert of works by Beethoven, Haydn and Dutilleux, featuring violinist Renaud Capucon (labeled "one of today's outstanding violinists" by The Guardian
) in his San Francisco Symphony debut. Considered among the most inventive creators in the musical universe, Joseph Haydn is often called the father of the symphony and the father of the string quartet. He used clarinets symphonically for the first time in his Symphony No. 99, in his continuing quest to evolve musical language. More than 200 years later, French composer Henri Dutilleux appears a kindred spirit in aural exploration. His mysterious and gripping violin concerto L'Arbre des songes
brims with deeply expressive gestures befitting its translated name: The Tree of Dreams
. Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 rounds out the program.
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