I recently wrote that the two-week celebration of the music of Bach to be presented by the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in Davies Symphony Hall will conclude with a solo recital at which violinist Christian Tetzlaff will perform the complete set of sonatas and partitas, BWV 1001–1006. Following this major undertaking, Tetzlaff will remain in San Francisco to perform as concerto soloist for the following series of SFS subscription concerts. He will perform Béla Bartók’s second concerto in B minor, and Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) will conduct.
As “overture” for this concert, MTT has selected the final movement from Jean Sibelius’ Opus 22, a suite inspired by four legends from The Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, compiled from oral folklore and mythology by Elias Lönnrot and first published in 1849. Sibelius called his composition the Lemminkäinen Suite, named after the hero of ten of the Kalevala songs. The final movement of the suite is based on the last of these songs and is entitled “Lemminkäinen’s Return.”
The second half of the program will offer only a single composition, the fourth (and last) symphony by Johannes Brahms, his Opus 98 in E minor.
This concert will be given three performances in Davies Symphony Hall, all at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, Friday, May 16, and and Saturday, May 17. Tickets are priced from $15 to $156. They may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the SFS Web site. Tickets may also be purchased at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street or by calling 415-864-6000. The Inside Music talk will be given by Elizabeth Seitz, beginning one hour prior to each of these concerts.