Next month Hungarian pianist András Schiff will return to Davies Symphony Hall to conclude his two-year exploration of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This six-concert series is a joint presentation by San Francisco Performances (SFP) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), with whom Schiff currently holds the position of Project San Francisco Artist-in-Residence. The final two recitals will present, respectively, the first and last parts of Bach’s four Clavier-Übung (keyboard practice) volumes. (Schiff accounted for the second volume last April. The third volume was written for organists, and was performed in Davies by Paul Jacobs the week after Schiff’s April concerts.)
The first Clavier-Übung volume consists of the six keyboard partitas. Schiff will play all of them, but not in the order in which they were published. The fourth volume is the BWV 988 set of 30 variations on an aria theme best known as the “Goldberg” variations. Schiff will then take his leave of Bach, so to speak, by performing, on the same program, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 120 set of 33 variations based on Anton Diabelli’s waltz theme.
Like Schiff’s previous performances in this series, these two programs will be presented over the course of two Sunday recitals. Both recitals will begin at 7 p.m. The partitas will be performed on October 6, and the two sets of variations will be on October 13. Ticket prices for the first concert will be between $15 and $96 and are available for purchase through the corresponding SFS event page. Tickets for the second concert, which has its own event page, will be $35 to $96. In addition, SFP will be selling tickets to both concerts as a series with prices ranging from $60 to $182. Further information may be obtained by calling the Davies Box Office at 415-864-6000 or the SFP Box Office at 415-392-2545.