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San Francisco Performances Ditches The Digital For Its Stay ‘Summer Music Sessions’

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As the menace posed by COVID-19 continues to recede, quite a few arts corporations are putting toes in the drinking water to explore choices for safely and securely returning to are living, in-man or woman shows. San Francisco Performances, it appears, is completely ready to dive ideal in.

On Wednesday, SFP president Melanie Smith introduced that her organization, for the to start with time in its 41-year record, will start a summer months season of tunes live shows, to be held stay in its longtime venue at the Herbst Theatre, with no electronic elements in any respect.

Named the “Summertime Music Sessions,” the series of guitar, piano and chamber performances will kick off on July 14 and run as a result of July 24, bringing artists to the stage, whose formerly scheduled appearances in the slide-to-spring seasons of 2019-’20 and 2020-’21 had been postponed due to the pandemic. As an added inducement, a few of the 11 programs will introduce entire world-premiere functions, 1 of them also such as the North American debut of Sting and Dusan Bogdanovic’s “Prism — 6 Songs by Sting.”

Steps will be taken to endorse the safety of each performers and viewers users. They incorporate needed mask-donning, lessened viewers measurements and assigned seating, increased ventilation and air filtration, no intermissions or food stuff provider and contactless ticketing.

The lineup of occasions is absolutely on the eclectic facet, and Smith is creating no apologies for that, releasing this assertion: “While we you should not have a particular musical concept for these activities, the notion of coming back again together to share genuine are living performances feels like the most critical unifying celebration suitable now.”

Right here is the full routine for the “Summertime Music Periods”:


7:30 p.m. July 14: Israeli pianist David Greilsammer, who looks to have “ground breaking” and “adventurous” completely attached to his title, would make his SFP debut with a century-spanning program of new music by Leos Janacek, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Ofer Pelz and Jean-Fery Rebel. Greilsammer’s rendition of Rebel’s “Le Chaos” on his 2020 album “Labyrinth” built the New York Times’ listing of the 25 finest classical new music tracks for that year.

7:30 p.m. July 15: The redoubtable Garrick Ohlsson, a San Francisco resident and wonderful favourite of SFP, returns to full the two-calendar year survey of the finish solo performs for piano by Johannes Brahms that he began in 2019.

7:30 p.m. July 16: SFP resident ensemble the Alexander String Quartet, with new violist David Samuel, teams with William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet to perform a “British Invasion”-themed recital that involves the entire world premiere of the guitar-quartet edition of Ian Krouse’s “Labyrinth” on a theme by Led Zeppelin, is effective by Leo Brouwer and John Dowland, plus the North American premiere of the Sting-Bogdanovic “Prism,” which reconstructs these 6 tunes by Sting: “Just about every Breath You Take,” “Information in a Bottle,” “Shape of My Coronary heart,” “Fields of Gold,” “Roxanne” and “Desert Rose.”

7 p.m. July 18: Guitarist Kanengiser returns as a soloist, executing the globe premiere of Iranian composer Golfam Khayam’s “Shed Land,” one of seven new will work Kanengiser has commissioned as component of his “Diaspora Task.” He’ll also participate in audio by Santiago de Murcia that he has arranged and operates by Dionisio Aquado, Frank Wallace and Bryan Johanson.

7:30 p.m. July 19: Multiple award-profitable Russian American pianist Natasha Paremski helps make her next physical appearance for SFP, this time in overall performance of operates by Frederic Chopin, Sergei Prokofiev and Thomas Ades.

7:30 p.m. July 20: Canadian piano virtuoso and 11-time Grammy nominee Marc-Andre Hamelin, a longtime SFP collaborator, returns to perform works by C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven and the planet premiere of his personal piece, “Nowhere Heading Speedy,” for which he will be joined by the Alexander String Quartet.

7:30 p.m. July 21: Earning his SFP recital debut, the gifted jazz pianist Aaron Diehl delivers a plan made to reveal the cross currents of the jazz and classical traditions, doing audio by William Grant Even now, Duke Ellington, Roland Hanna, Nathaniel Dett and other individuals.

7:30 p.m. July 23: Composer-pianist Timo Andres, who put collectively two of SFP’s virtual “Entrance Row” plans during the pandemic, is back again in person to accomplish functions of his personal and those people by Ned Rorem, Duke Ellington, Robert Schumann, Ann Southam and Claude Debussy.

7:30 p.m. July 24: Andres returns to the stage with violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Jay Campbell of the JACK Quartet to close out the “Summer Tunes Periods” with his individual new music and will work by Leos Janacek.

Particular person tickets for each individual live performance are $45, $55 and $65. They will go on sale June 14 at sfperformances.org and at (415) 677-0325.

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