Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I Was Hoping for a Slightly Weirder Program...

SFS finally announces (most of) the full program for the MTT 70th Birthday Bash. There's Lizst's Hexameron, which Teddy Abrams will conduct, with MTT, Yuja Wang, Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Marc-Andre Hamelin, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, plus:
In addition to Hexameron, each of the five guest pianists take solo turns with the orchestra during the performance: Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs Gershwin’s Sweet and Low Down with SFS Principal Bass Scott Pingel and Principal Percussion Jacob Nissly; Thibaudet also joins Jeremy Denk in Schubert’s Marche caractéristique; Marc-André Hamelin performs the third movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Emanuel Ax plays the Andante of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21; and Yuja Wang joins the Orchestra in Litolff’s Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4, a work she also performs on the SF Symphony’s Masterpieces in Miniature recording, recently released on the Symphony’s own SFS Media label. The program also includes works by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Rossini and Bernstein, and the audience will be treated to special appearances by Beach Blanket Babylon and other surprise guests. 

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Teddy Abrams conductor
Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Marc-André Hamelin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang, piano
Scott Pingel bass
Jacob Nissly drums
San Francisco Symphony

Gershwin                     Sweet and Lowdown [Thibaudet, Pingel, Nissly] 
Farandole from L'Arlésienne Suite
Shostakovich               Mvt. 3 Allegro from Piano Concerto No. 2 [Hamelin]
Mozart                          Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467 [Ax]
Schubert                      Marche caractéristique, Op. 121, No. 1 [Denk, Thibaudet]
Litolff                           Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 [Wang]
Tchaikovsky                 Three movements from Swan Lake
Neapolitan Dance
Russian Dance
Liszt                            Hexameron for Six Pianos and Orchestra [Abrams conducting]
Rossini (arr. Wrede)     Galop from Overture to William Tell for Piano 8 Hands
Bernstein                     Candide Overture

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