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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will make his first visit to the SFS podium since 1985

Returning guest conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos
Returning guest conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos
courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony

This month Spanish maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will return to San Francisco to conduct the San Francisco Symphony (SFS). It will be his first time on the SFS podium since 1985, although he has made two visits to Davies Symphony Hall to conduct the Vienna Symphony in 1994 and 1996. He has prepared a program of compositions from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

He will begin his program with Joseph Haydn’s early and relatively short Hoboken I/6 symphony in D major. This symphony is called “Le Matin” for its depiction of the dawn in its opening measures, a “tone poem” effect that prefigures a similar representative approach that he would apply much later in life in his Hoboken XXI/2 oratorio The Creation. This will be complemented by a performance are the far more explicitly representative symphonic suite Scheherazade, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which provides a musical account of several of the tales that Scheherazade relates in One Thousand and One Nights.

The soloist for this concert will be cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Her last appearance in Davies took place in the summer of 2012, when she performed Antonín Dvořák’s Opus 104 cello concerto in B minor with SFS under the baton of Michael Francis. For this concert she will perform another Haydn composition, his Hoboken VIIb/1 cello concerto in C major.

There will be four performances of this concert in Davies. These will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, and Saturday, February 22, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, and at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 21. The Inside Music Talk will be given by Scott Foglesong one hour prior to each concert, free to all ticket holders. In addition a free podcast about Scheherazade will be available for download from the Podcast page shortly before the first performance. Ticket prices range from $15 to $156 and may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the SFS Web site. Tickets may also be purchased at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street or by calling 415-864-6000.