Former San Francisco Symphony Resident Conductor Edwin Outwater returns to the SFS October 24-26 to lead a program of Eastern European works, including Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, Dvořák’s Legends, Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto, with pianist Simon Trpčeski.
These are the first SFS performances of Concert Românesc and Dvořák’s Legends for Orchestra. Prokofiev’s Third Piano has a rich SFS history: its SFS premiere was in 1930 with Prokofiev himself as soloist and then-Music Director Alfred Hertz. In 1959, Van Cliburn performed the work with the SFS, led by then-Music Director Enrique Jordá. The piece was featured in the Prokofiev Festival and subsequent European tour in 2007 with MTT and Yefim Bronfman, and in 2012 MTT led Lang Lang in its most recent SFS performances. The first SFS performances of Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra were in 1966 under conductor Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt at The War Memorial Opera House. Witold Lutosławski himself conducted the piece at Davies Symphony Hall in 1991, and the most recent SFS performances were in 2000, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Edwin Outwater has a long history with the San Francisco Symphony and has become a regular presence at Davies Symphony Hall this year. In addition to these performances, Outwater will also conduct the San Francisco Symphony Music for Families concert on December 7. Outwater conducted several SFS concerts during the Orchestra’s 2013 Summer and the Symphony series, including a Fourth of July concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre, the SFS’s annual outdoor concert at the Stern Grove festival, two performances with Johnny Mathis, and Carmina burana with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus.
Outwater served as Resident Conductor of the SFS from 2001-2006 and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) from 2001-2005. As Resident Conductor, he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas and conducted numerous concerts each season, including family and summer concerts, as well as Adventures in Music and Concerts for Kids performances for grade school children. He first conducted the SFS in a series of 2001 holiday concerts, and made his SFS regular subscription concert debut in 2002 as one of two conductors (Kurt Masur was the other) for Britten’s massive War Requiem. On two occasions, Outwater stepped in for Michael Tilson Thomas, conducting performances of Stravinsky’s complete Pulcinella, as well as works by Beethoven, Wagner, and Cherubini. In 2006, Outwater conducted the world premiere performance of The Composer is Dead, an SFS-commissioned work with music by Nathaniel Stookey and text by Lemony Snicket, which was later released by HarperCollins.
Simon Trpčeski made his SFS debut in 2004 playing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier. Most recently in 2012, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with former Music Director Edo de Waart conducting. He performs regularly with the world’s most important orchestras, including the London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Bolshoi, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras and on tour with the New Zealand Symphony.
Pre-Concert Talk: Laura Stanfield Prichard will give an “Inside Music” talk from the stage one hour prior to each concert. Free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before.
CD Signings: Simon Trpčeski will sign CDs in the Symphony Store immediately following the performances.