For those disappointed by last week’s news that all reservations for the free master class to be given by pianist Emanuel Ax at the Capp Street Concert Hall of the Community Music Center (CMC) have been allocated, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) has stepped up to provide members of the CMC community with a delightful alternative. Prior to his first performance at Davies Symphony Hall, Ax will be participating in a working rehearsal that will be open to the public as part of the Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal series. General admission to these events is normally $22 (with a $40 rate for reserved seating); but SFS has offered the CMC community 100 free general admission tickets.
The pieces rehearsed at these events are chosen at the discretion of the conductor, in this case SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT). However, it has already been decided that the rehearsal will include MTT working with Ax to prepare the scheduled performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 37 piano concerto in C minor (the third). The full program will also include the “Blumine” movement by Gustav Mahler, originally intended as the second movement of his first symphony, as well as short pieces by Aaron Copland, Claude Debussy, Frederick Delius, Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Léo Delibes.
This open rehearsal will take place in Davies Symphony Hall (201 Van Ness Avenue) on Thursday, September 26. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for free coffee and donuts. At 9 a.m. there is a pre-rehearsal talk lasting about half an hour. The rehearsal itself begins at 10 a.m.
There are three ways to arrange with CMC to get free tickets. One can visit the front office at 544 Capp Street. One can also call the office at 415-647-6015. Finally, CMC has created a special electronic mail address for reserving tickets. There is a limit of four tickets for any person making a request. All allocated tickets may then be picked up at the 544 Capp Street facility.
Disappointment alert: All 100 free tickets have now been allocated, due to the almost immediate response to the announcement from CMC.