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San Francisco Conservatory of Music
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Symphony Parnassus, with music director Stephen Paulson, will celebrate the great 20th century French composers with two performances of its New Year’s concert program: Sunday, January 15th at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Sunday, January 22nd at the new Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.

Symphony Parnassus will begin its program with Faure’s “Ballade for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19”, followed by Ravel’s “Concerto for the Left Hand.” Both pieces will feature renowned pianist Helene Wickett, a leading authority on French music.

The Orchestra will continue its celebration of French composers with Debussy’s “Iberia”, from his “Images Pour Orchestre, No. 2”, which is a love letter to the composer’s beloved neighbor, Spain. Although Debussy only visited the country once, his study of the local art, songs and culture enabled him to capture in music the flavor of Spanish life. He did this with a mastery that was second to none, according to the leading Spanish composers of the time: de Falla and Albeniz.

The program’s French theme will also be represented in the concerts’ featured artwork, “Cappuccino with Friends”, by Michael Flohr, one of Southern California’s hottest young “urban” artists.


*Faure – Ballade for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19

Ravel – Concerto for the Left Hand

Debussy – Images for Orchestra, No. 2, Iberia



About the Ticket Supplier: Symphony Parnassus

Symphony Parnassus encompasses the talents of musicians from the Bay Area community. Originally called the UCSF Orchestra, it was founded in 1989 by Jonathan Davis, then a graduate student in Biophysics.