David Robertson conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a program of 20th-century classics, featuring guest pianist Marc-André Hamelin in a unique Maurice Ravel concerto. George Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue
is one of the most popular American classical works, and possibly the greatest fusion of orchestral and jazz influences ever written. The concert features Maurice Ravel's La Valse
, an homage to Viennese waltz filled with dark undertones reflecting the chaos of post-World War I Europe. Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was also influenced by the Great war -- it was originally written for Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during World War I. Elliott Carter's powerful Variations for Orchestra, another 20th-century masterwork, opens the program. Arrive an hour early to hear conductor David Robertson in conversation with San Francisco Symphony Artistic Planning Director John Mangum.
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