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Pianist Peter Serkin cancels his Midsummer Mozart chamber music concert

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The opening concert of this year’s Midsummer Music Festival will have to be cancelled. This was the event entitled Peter Serkin & Friends, consisting entirely of chamber music. Serkin was scheduled to perform as soloist, accompanist for two sonatas, and keyboardist in two quintets. Unfortunately, he has sustained an injury and will be unable to perform. Because he was involved with all of the works to be performed on the program, that concert, scheduled to take place in San Francisco on the evening of July 12, has been cancelled.

That means that there will be only one Midsummer Music Festival concert in San Francisco, the final concert of the season entitled A Mozart Bouquet. This will provide a broad cross-section of the Mozart repertoire.

Pianist Seymour Lipkin will be guest soloist for a performance of the K. 466 piano concerto in D minor. Mezzo Anna Yelizarova will sing the aria “Parto, parto” from Mozart’s final opera, the K. 621 La Clemenza di Tito. Music Director George Cleve will conduct the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra for these performances, as well as for the overture to the K. 384 opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and the march of the priests at the beginning of the second act of the K. 620 opera The Magic Flute.

In addition, Ian Robertson will appear as guest conductor for selections involving the San Francisco Boy’s Chorus. These will include the chorus of the priests from the second act of The Magic Flute, “O Isis und Osiris.” There will also be two performances of sacred music, the K. 220 Missa Brevis in C minor and the setting of the “Laudate Dominum” Psalm from the K. 339 Vesperae solennes de Confessore.

The San Francisco performance of this concert will still take place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street). It will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25. Tickets range from $30 to $65, and further information may be obtained by calling 415-596-5712.

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