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Busy holiday week for San Francisco Symphony

The musicians of the San Francisco Symphony and their Summer Season conductor, Edwin Outwater, have a full program ahead of them this week - they’re onstage with three different programs, spanning five performances, from July 2 to 6.

Edwin Outwater - Summer Season conductor of the San Francisco Symphony
Courtesy San Francisco Symphony - with permission

The Symphony’s week starts at Davies Symphony Hall on July 2, as it accompanies the 12-piece ‘little orchestra', Pink Martini, with band leader and pianist, Thomas Lauderdale, and special guests, the von Trapps, to a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, a 1930s French music hall, and a palazzo in Napoli.

Tickets and information are available on the San Francisco Symphony website.

Fourth of July celebrations wouldn’t be complete without the Symphony’s annual concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre which takes place on Friday evening. With guest artists Japanese jazz pianist, Makoto Ozone, and vocalist Eden Espinosa, the Symphony plays music from the movies - West Side Story, Pochahontas, The Little Mermaid, Frozen and Superman - and includes American symphonic favorites such as Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The concert ends, as always, with a spectacular fireworks display.

For details and tickets, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.

The Orchestra returns to Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday evening for A Jazzy Night - a fabulous tribute to the Golden Era of jazz. Included in the program are Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and selections from his Divertimento for Orchestra. There are two works by Ravel - his Bolero and the Pavane pour une infant défunte - with jazz improvisations by piano virtuoso Makoto Ozone, who’s joined by three principal musicians of the Symphony - Mark Inouye on trumpet, Scott Pingel on bass, and Jacob Nissly on percussion. Makoto Ozone also presents what’s described as an “unabashedly personal rendition” of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Further information and tickets on the San Francisco Symphony website. For a limited time, a free ticket will be available for one child with each purchase of an adult ticket. This offer is not available online, but can be accessed by calling (415) 864-6000.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the Symphony appears at the 77th Stern Grove Festival for its annual admission-free, open-air concert, with a program of music from the shows, and SF Symphony principals Mark Inouye, Scott Pingel and Jacob Nissly once again appear in a performance of Ravel’s Bolero and his Pavane pour une infant défunte. Pack a picnic, take a rug, and head along to Sigmund Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard for the concert which starts at 2.00 pm.

No tickets are required, but further information can be found on the San Francisco Symphony website.

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