Last February I wrote about the appearance of Akimi Fukuhara as a visiting pianist at a Chamber Music Series recital at Davies Symphony Hall featuring members of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS). This Sunday Fukuhara will be returning to the Davies stage for another concert in that series. On this occasion she will be performing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Opus 50 piano trio in A minor, one of that composer’s most impressive large-scale compositions, consisting of an extended “Pezzo elegiaco” (elegiac piece) followed by eleven imaginative variations of a relatively simple theme and a “finale variation” that then segues into a heartbreaking return to the opening elegy. For this performance Fukuhara will be joined by SFS musicians Yukiko Kurakata (violin) and Amos Yang (cello).
The first half of the program will consist of two compositions. The recital will begin with the first of Ludwig van Beethoven’s two piano trios published as Opus 70, the “Ghost” trio in D major, performed by violinist Diane Nicholeris, cellist Barbara Andres, and pianist Gwendolyn Mok. This will be followed by a piece to conclude the two-week festival of the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Thomas Adès, Mendelssohn’s Opus 18 string quintet in A major performed by violinists John Chisholm and Nicholeris, violists Gina Feinauer and Matthew Young, and cellist David Goldblatt.
This concert will be presented in Davies at 2 p.m. this coming Sunday, October 13. Seating is restricted to the Loge Level and the Orchestra Level (including Boxes); and all tickets are $36. 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.