Saturday, April 30, 2011

Season Announcement Season: San Francisco Performances

The local season announcement season has finally more or less ended. The summer festival have announced, and the last three local presenters have announced for 2011-12. My jaw more or less dropped when I saw the San Francisco Performances schedule; it's astonishing, on par with that of SF Symphony's 100th anniversary season.

The highlights include:

Tribute to Frederica von Stade.

Piano recitals by Marc-Andre Hamelin (Hamelin, Berg, Liszt), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Debussy, Schumann, Kurtag), and Leif Ove Andsnes (Chopin, Debussy).

Vocal recitals by Stephanie Blythe, Karita Mattila, Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman (presumably rescheduled from this year), Dawn Upshaw, Mathias Goerne (whose pianist is Andsnes!), Jessica Rivera

String quartets include the Arditti (Beethoven, Berg, Ades, Bartok!), Brentano, Alexander (which will play a premier by Jake Heggie with Joyce DiDonato), Ebene. The Alexander takes their Bartok & Kodaly survey to St. John's in Berkeley, as well.

Stephen Isserlis, cello, and Robert Levin, fortepiano, play the Beethoven sonata for cello & piano.


doug said...

It is an impressive season. I just saw DANCE as part of this year's season and it was a triumph -- stunning! Next year, in addition to some of the things you noted, I'm also excited about the Ute Lemper evening (Weill, etc.) and the Karole Armitage piece.

Lisa Hirsch said...