San Francisco Symphony: my classic Four Seasons
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The last date listed for San Francisco Symphony: my classic Four Seasons was Thursday July 28, 2011 / 8:00pm (Pre-Concert Reception at 7:00pm).
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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.
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.