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.

The SFCO’s admission-free season is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of supporting members and the following esteemed organizations:

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

WORDSMITHS

Benjamin Simon, conductor
Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano
Brian Thorsett, tenor

 

 Due to the fire that recently occurred at First Congregational Church, our 2/26/17 & 4/30/17 matinees will both take place at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. Click HERE to support our friends at First Church by donating to their gofundme campaign.

SAN FRANCISCO

FRI, FEB 24 | 7:30pm

Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave [Map]

Doors: 6:45pm (general admission, first-come first-served)

PALO ALTO

SAT, FEB 25 | 7:30pm

First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave [Map]

Doors: 6:45pm (general admission, first-come first-served)

BERKELEY

SUN, FEB 26 | 3pm

St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave [Map]

Doors: 2:15pm (general admission, first-come first-served)

CANTELOUBE Chants d’Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne)

     Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano

JOSHEFF The Dream Mechanic, Four Poems by Carol Vanderveer Hamilton (2016) [SFCO Commission & World Premiere]

     Brian Thorsett, tenor
     Lara Nie, spoken voice

SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”) [arr. Simon]

 

Dedicated to the lyrical muse, this program features two outstanding singers well-known to SFCO audiences: mezzo-soprano Lara Nie (“a magnetic presence“) and tenor Brian Thorsett (“strikingly gifted, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice“). Canteloube’s lush settings of folk songs from France’s Auvergne region are paired with a newly commissioned work by Berkeley composer Peter Josheff, based on the “haunting and wildly beautiful” poetry of Carol Hamilton. Schubert’s darkly dramatic Death and the Maiden allows the orchestra’s virtuosic string section to whisper, sing, and shout to one of the most exciting string quartets ever written.

Main Stage Concerts

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.

The SFCO’s admission-free season is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of supporting members and the following esteemed organizations:

Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
The Bernard Osher Foundation
Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund
Walter and Elise Haas Fund

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