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Mandolinist Chris Thile to give two performances for SFP next month

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Next month San Francisco Performances (SFP) will present the last of the Special Events concerts it has planned for the 2013–14 season. This will be a return visit by the virtuoso mandolinist Chris Thile. During his last appearance, his debut as a solo recitalist for SFP, in April of 2012, Thile assembled an engaging program of eclectic tastes, that covered traditional music, popular songs, and even some of his own work; and he arranged all of these selections around the “spinal cord” of his interpretation of the four movements of Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 1001 unaccompanied violin sonata in G minor, each of the movements serving as a “milestone” for the “journey” through the entire journey. Then, in August of 2013, Nonesuch release the first CD in a two-CD series of Thile performing the complete set of Bach’s solo violin sonatas and partitas.

As was the case during his last visit, Thile will announce his program from the stage. However, Bach will again figure significantly among the diversity of selections he will be preparing for the concert. It is also likely that Thile will again respond to requests from the audience, given the breadth and flexibility of his repertoire.

Thile’s solo recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14, at the SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin Street, on the northwest corner of Fell Street). Tickets are on sale for $80, $65, and $40. Further information may be obtained from SFP at 415-398-6449. Tickets may also be purchased through the Web page for this event.

The following morning Thile will return to the SFJAZZ Center to give the third concert in the SFP Family Matinee Series. This will follow the usual format that combines performance with explanation. Time is allotted for questions from the audience, regardless of age. The entire program is only one hour in duration and is recommended for children aged from 2 to 10.

This program will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, at the SFJAZZ Center. Like all presentations in this Series, admission is $10 for children and $15 for adults. Tickets may again be purchased in advance through an event page.

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