Once again Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik will assume duties as both leader (rather than conductor) and violin soloist, performing with a reduced ensemble of members of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) on a chamber orchestra scale. This will provide a period-appropriate approach to compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He will be the concerto soloist in Bach’s BWV 1041 concerto in A minor and share solo duties with oboist Jonathan Fischer in a performance of the BWV 1060 D minor concerto for violin and oboe. In addition he will serve as one of the string soloists in Mozart’s K. 239 serenade in D major, known as the “Serenata notturna.” The other soloist for the evening will be Catherine Payne, who will perform Vivaldi’s RV 443 piccolo concerto in C major. In addition Barantschik will lead a reduced string ensemble in Mozart’s K. 136 divertimento in D major.
This program will receive four performances in Davies Symphony Hall. They will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, and Saturday, January 26, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, and at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25. The Inside Music talk will be given by Scott Foglesong one hour prior to each concert. This event is free to all ticket holders, and doors open fifteen minutes before the talk begins. There will also be a free audio podcast about K. 239 available for download from the Program Note Podcasts Web page. Ticket prices range from $15 to $150. Tickets may be purchased through the event page for this program on the SFS Web site. They 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.