Former San Francisco Symphony (SFS) Resident Conductor and current Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario Edwin Outwater will return to the podium of Davies Symphony Hall at the end of this month. He will be joined by the Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski for the concerto portion of the program, which will be Sergei Prokofiev’s Opus 26 in C major (his third). Trpčeski last performed with SFS in February of 2012 when he appeared with former SFS Music Director Edo de Waart in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s final piano concerto (Opus 40 in G minor). The instrumental selections that Outwater as chosen for the rest of his SFS program will include the orchestral versions of three of the short tone poems (the second, sixth, and tenth) from Antonín Dvořák’s Opus 59 collection, which he called Legends, György Ligeti’s early orchestral composition, “Concert românesc,” and Witold Lutosławski’s concerto for orchestra. Both the Dvořák and Ligeti selections will be receiving their first SFS performances.
This program will be given three performances in Davies at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 26. The speaker for the Inside Music talk, given one hour prior to performance, will be Laura Stanfield Prichard. In addition, a free audio podcast about the Lutosławski concerto, hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone, will be posted on the Program Note Podcasts Web page on the SFS Web site. Ticket prices range from $15 to $156. They may be purchased online at the event page for this program. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street or by calling 415-864-6000.