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October 2015

Main Stage 1: In Praise Of Love

Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Robin Sharp, violin   Claude Debussy Danses Sacrée et Profane Percussion set: Thierry de Mey Table Music David Lang Percussion Quartet Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic Trio per Uno Leonard Bernstein Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)   “Sharp’s playing was elegant and impassioned, in turn sweetly lyrical and dazzlingly virtuosic…”  —SFCV   SFCO concertmaster Robin Sharp takes center stage for a rare performance of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece for violin, percussion, harp, and strings: his 1954 Serenade, inspired by Plato’s “Symposium”…

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December 2015

Main Stage 2: Farewell To 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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A MUSICAL COUNTDOWN Benjamin Simon, conductor These concerts are presented in memory of our founder Edgar Braun.   RESERVATIONS FOR THIS PERFORMANCE ARE NOW CLOSED. We are officially sold out, but tickets may become available by 6:45pm. If you do not have tickets and would like to attend, we recommend arriving early to wait in line for possible 6:45 walk-up tickets. Happy New Year! Will call open 4:30-6:30 on 12/31. Tickets must be claimed by 6:30! (Members: must pick up by…

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January 2016

Main Stage 2: Farewell To 2015

Friday, January 1, 2016 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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A MUSICAL COUNTDOWN Benjamin Simon, conductor   Franz Joseph Haydn Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat, Op. 84 Peter Lemberg, oboe Karla Ekholm, bassoon Eugene Chukhlov, violin Eric Gaenslen, cello J. S. Bach Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064R Grace Huh, Sofie Ledor & Chili Ekman, violin Aaron Copland Quiet City Kathy Conner, English horn John Freeman, trumpet Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor (“Farewell”)   4 virtuosic SFCO All-Stars are featured in Haydn’s brilliant Sinfonia Concertante for oboe,…

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Main Stage 2: Farewell To 2015

Sunday, January 3, 2016 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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A MUSICAL COUNTDOWN Benjamin Simon, conductor   Franz Joseph Haydn Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat, Op. 84 Peter Lemberg, oboe Karla Ekholm, bassoon Eugene Chukhlov, violin Eric Gaenslen, cello J. S. Bach Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064R Grace Huh, Sofie Ledor & Chili Ekman, violin Aaron Copland Quiet City Kathy Conner, English horn John Freeman, trumpet Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor (“Farewell”)   4 virtuosic SFCO All-Stars are featured in Haydn’s brilliant Sinfonia Concertante for oboe,…

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February 2016

Main Stage 3: Mahler Lite

Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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FEWER PLAYERS, SAME GREAT (MUSICAL) TASTE Benjamin Simon, conductor Christine Brandes, soprano   Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 (arr. Simon)   Renowned Bay Area soprano Christine Brandes (“Earthy and affecting… magnificent” —NY Times) makes her SFCO debut in three very special performances of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Klaus Simon’s beautiful 2007 chamber arrangement for 14 players brings out the intimacy of this heavenly piece without sacrificing any of its power. This program will begin with a guided tour of this complex…

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Main Stage 3: Mahler Lite

Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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FEWER PLAYERS, SAME GREAT (MUSICAL) TASTE Benjamin Simon, conductor Christine Brandes, soprano   Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 (arr. Simon)   Renowned Bay Area soprano Christine Brandes (“Earthy and affecting… magnificent” —NY Times) makes her SFCO debut in three very special performances of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Klaus Simon’s beautiful 2007 chamber arrangement for 14 players brings out the intimacy of this heavenly piece without sacrificing any of its power. This program will begin with a guided tour of this complex…

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Main Stage 3: Mahler Lite

Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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FEWER PLAYERS, SAME GREAT (MUSICAL) TASTE Benjamin Simon, conductor Christine Brandes, soprano   Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4 (arr. Simon)   Renowned Bay Area soprano Christine Brandes (“Earthy and affecting… magnificent” —NY Times) makes her SFCO debut in three very special performances of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Klaus Simon’s beautiful 2007 chamber arrangement for 14 players brings out the intimacy of this heavenly piece without sacrificing any of its power. This program will begin with a guided tour of this complex…

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April 2016

Main Stage 4: Revolutionaries

Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Amy X Neuburg, vocals with Squid Inc   Igor Stravinsky Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra Amy X Neuburg Hunger Strike (2016) L. V. Beethoven Symphony 7 in A major, Op. 92   “Don’t miss the spectacular Amy X Neuburg. She’s the best thing to come out of Oakland since Jack London.” —John Adams, composer   Experience Amy X Neuburg’s “fabulous singing” and “exhilarating originality” in her newest work, Hunger Strike, commissioned by the SFCO for performance…

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Main Stage 4: Revolutionaries

Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Amy X Neuburg, vocals with Squid Inc   Igor Stravinsky Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra Amy X Neuburg Hunger Strike (2016) L. V. Beethoven Symphony 7 in A major, Op. 92   “Don’t miss the spectacular Amy X Neuburg. She’s the best thing to come out of Oakland since Jack London.” —John Adams, composer   Experience Amy X Neuburg’s “fabulous singing” and “exhilarating originality” in her newest work, Hunger Strike, commissioned by the SFCO for performance…

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May 2016

Main Stage 4: Revolutionaries

Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Valley Center for the Performing Arts (Holy Names University), 3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Amy X Neuburg, vocals with Squid Inc   Igor Stravinsky Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra Amy X Neuburg Hunger Strike (2016) L. V. Beethoven Symphony 7 in A major, Op. 92   “Don’t miss the spectacular Amy X Neuburg. She’s the best thing to come out of Oakland since Jack London.” —John Adams, composer   Experience Amy X Neuburg’s “fabulous singing” and “exhilarating originality” in her newest work, Hunger Strike, commissioned by the SFCO for performance…

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