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January 2015

Main Stage Concerts: The Classics

Thursday, January 1, 2015 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Stephen Waarts, violin W. A. Mozart Overture to Cosí fan Tutte, K. 588 Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” Op. 25 Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 In the finest classical style, we raise our curtain with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant overture to the 1790 comedy Cosí fan Tutte. Sergei Prokofiev’s incandescent Classical Symphony gives the old form a modern twist, and Felix Mendelssohn, who adored Mozart above all others, brewed…

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Main Stage Concerts: The Classics

Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Stephen Waarts, violin W. A. Mozart Overture to Cosí fan Tutte, K. 588 Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” Op. 25 Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 In the finest classical style, we raise our curtain with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant overture to the 1790 comedy Cosí fan Tutte. Sergei Prokofiev’s incandescent Classical Symphony gives the old form a modern twist, and Felix Mendelssohn, who adored Mozart above all others, brewed…

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February 2015

Main Stage Concerts: Lara+Lara

Friday, February 20, 2015 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano Lara Downes, piano Maria Schneider Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories (2013) Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 Fresh from her success at our 2014 Gala, mezzo-soprano Lara Nie returns for the West Coast premiere of jazz leader Maria Schneider’s triple-Grammy-winning 2013 Stories, based on works by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, one of Brazil’s greatest poets. Also making her SFCO Main Stage debut is Bay Area pianist Lara Downes, “a magnetic force…

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Main Stage Concerts: Lara+Lara

Saturday, February 21, 2015 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano Lara Downes, piano Maria Schneider Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories (2013) Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 Fresh from her success at our 2014 Gala, mezzo-soprano Lara Nie returns for the West Coast premiere of jazz leader Maria Schneider’s triple-Grammy-winning 2013 Stories, based on works by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, one of Brazil’s greatest poets. Also making her SFCO Main Stage debut is Bay Area pianist Lara Downes, “a magnetic force…

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Main Stage Concerts: Lara+Lara

Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano Lara Downes, piano Maria Schneider Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories (2013) Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 Fresh from her success at our 2014 Gala, mezzo-soprano Lara Nie returns for the West Coast premiere of jazz leader Maria Schneider’s triple-Grammy-winning 2013 Stories, based on works by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, one of Brazil’s greatest poets. Also making her SFCO Main Stage debut is Bay Area pianist Lara Downes, “a magnetic force…

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April 2015

Main Stage Concerts: The Romantics

Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Sterling Elliott, cello Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (arr. for cello and string orchestra) Johannes Brahms String Quintet No. 1 in F major, op. 88 (arr. for string orchestra) Masterworks by the great Romantics Schubert and Brahms feature the virtuosic string players of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Making his West Coast debut with these performances of Franz Schubert’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful “Arpeggione” Sonata is Sterling Elliott, a 14-year old cellist and honor student…

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Main Stage Concerts: The Romantics

Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm
First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Sterling Elliott, cello Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (arr. for cello and string orchestra) Johannes Brahms String Quintet No. 1 in F major, op. 88 (arr. for string orchestra) Masterworks by the great Romantics Schubert and Brahms feature the virtuosic string players of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Making his West Coast debut with these performances of Franz Schubert’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful “Arpeggione” Sonata is Sterling Elliott, a 14-year old cellist and honor student…

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Main Stage Concerts: The Romantics

Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Benjamin Simon, conductor Sterling Elliott, cello Franz Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 (arr. for cello and string orchestra) Johannes Brahms String Quintet No. 1 in F major, op. 88 (arr. for string orchestra) Masterworks by the great Romantics Schubert and Brahms feature the virtuosic string players of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Making his West Coast debut with these performances of Franz Schubert’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful “Arpeggione” Sonata is Sterling Elliott, a 14-year old cellist and honor student…

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October 2015

Main Stage 1: In Praise Of Love

Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102 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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Main Stage 1: In Praise Of Love

Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ 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 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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