Finnish Conductor Osmo Vänskä has been a frequent guest of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) in Davies Symphony Hall since he made his debut in that capacity in 2002. For more than a decade he has presented SFS audiences with a diverse repertoire that has included the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven and the world premiere of a piece by Thomas Larcher. He also recorded the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius (and other works) for the mammoth (70-CD) BIS release entitled The Sibelius Edition.
That appreciation for Sibelius’ music will figure significantly when Vänskä returns to the SFS podium at the end of this month. The second half of the program will feature Sibelius’ sixth symphony (Opus 104 in D minor) and the “overture” will be that composer’s Opus 55 “Night Ride and Sunrise.” Vänskä will also contrast the rich dramatism of the Sibelius symphony with the austere abstraction of the composition that Igor Stravinsky called “Symphonies of Wind Instruments.” The “concerto” for the program will also abound with dramatic expressiveness. Pianist Daniil Trifonov will be the soloist in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Opus 43 Paganini rhapsody.
This concert will be given three performances in Davies, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, and at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1. The Inside Music talk will be given by Laura Stanfield Prichard and, as usual, will begin one hour prior to the concert and last about half an hour. Admission is free to all ticket holders. Ticket prices for this concert range from $15 to $161; and tickets may be purchased online through the hyperlinks on 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.