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5282 Star Starred
Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
415-864-6000
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San Francisco Symphony: "my classic Four Seasons"
23 ratings
4.7 average rating
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28 reviews
5 stars
attended Jul 28 2011

This was an absolutely wonderful evening from beginning to end. The tango orchestra in the lobby was excellent and many couples danced with great style and pleasure. The symphony program was so well planned and played, and the combination of...continued

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27 reviews
27 stars
attended Jul 28 2011

Fabulous concert. Great conductor and soloist. Terrific audience response. Thank you for offering these tickets.

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19 reviews
10 stars
attended Jul 28 2011

fabulous-standing ovation and encore, beautiful violin and cello particularly.

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A pre-concert reception features a special tango demonstration and dancing, plus food and drinks for sale. Reception begins an hour before the concert, and continues during intermission.

Description

Michael Francis, conductor

Lara St. John, violin

San Francisco Symphony

Handel: _Music for the Royal Fireworks _

Vivaldi: _The Four Seasons _

Piazzolla: _The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires _

If Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is crystalline grace and sparkling sophistication, Piazzolla’s version is streetwise verve and tangy in color. Each of Vivaldi’s four concertos for violin and chamber orchestra — performed here by the dynamic Lara St. John — recalls the character of its appointed season through evocative composition, and is one of the best loved of all Baroque works. In contrast, Tango master Astor Piazzolla’s pieces were never meant to be performed together. Yet as a group, and performed interleaved with Vivaldi’s four movements, listeners are treated to a captivating expression of the cycles of life.

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