Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Music

Julia Fischer returns to Davies for the second SFS ‘tour preview’ concert

See also

Next week’s ‘tour preview’ performance of Gustav Mahler’s third symphony, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), mezzo Sasha Cooke, the SFS Chorus (Ragnar Bohlin, Director), and the San Francisco Girls Chorus (Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Music Director), will be followed, one week later, by a preview of two other compositions in the repertoire being taken on this eleven-concert European tour. For this second program violinist Julia Fischer will be joining the SFS tour to perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Opus 19 concerto in D major. This concerto was last performed by SFS in May of 2012, when Osmo Vänskä conducted soloist Hilary Hahn.

Opus 19 receives far less attention than Prokofiev’s more popular second concerto (Opus 63 in G minor). It was composed during the summer of 1917, the same time Prokofiev was working on his first (“Classical”) symphony; and it is far more representative of the young composer’s modernist adventurism. However, because of the October Revolution by the Bolsheviks, the concerto did not receive its first performance until October 18, 1923, when it was included in the Concerts Koussevitzky series in Paris. Appropriately enough, Fischer’s ‘tour preview’ performance will be followed by another composition that had a revolutionary impact on Paris, Hector Berlioz’ Opus 14 “Symphonie fantastique.”

There will be four performances of this concert in Davies Symphony Hall. These will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, and Sunday, March 9, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8. The Inside Music Talk will be given by Peter Grunberg one hour prior to each concert, free to all ticket holders. In addition a free podcast about the “Symphonie fantastique,” hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone, will be available for download from the Podcast page shortly before the first performance. Ticket prices range from $15 to $161 and 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.


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Sports Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!