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Main Stage 1: In Praise Of Love
Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 7:30pm - 9:30pmFree
Benjamin Simon, conductor
Robin Sharp, violin
Claude Debussy Danses Sacrée et Profane
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” about the nature of love. This is Bernstein at his symphonic best: a richly colored and dramatic score, with six percussionists powering the stern and our nimble soloist at the bow. An earlier 20th century experiment in sound and color is Claude Debussy’s 1904 Danses Sacrée et Profane; composed for harp and strings, its two movements are colorful musical portraits, intimate in scale and dazzling to the ears. Three short, exciting works for multiple percussionists round out this wide-ranging program.
Classical masterpieces, unusual gems, and modern works offer a feast for your ears at every concert, while Maestro Simon’s engaging onstage talks help you connect more powerfully with the music.
Admission is free to all! Supporting members receive priority seating and priority entrance 60 minutes before concert time. Please bring your membership card with you. General seating begins 45 minutes before concert time.