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Special Events in the 2014–2015 San Francisco Performances season

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The 2014-2015 season of San Francisco Performances (SFP) will feature five concerts that are being classified as Special Events. While the entire set of five cannot be purchased as a subscription, there will be two pairs of concerts, each of which will be available as a series unto itself. In addition any of the five events, all of which will be piano recitals, can be included as part of a Make-Your-Own subscription or added to a subscription to another series. Those interested in this option can call 415-392-2545.

One of the concert pairs will involve the return of András Schiff, whose performances will again be co-presented with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS). Both of Schiff’s programs will present late sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert. Each of the recitals will present all four of these composers at the peak of their maturity; and, taken as a whole, the pairing will provide an encapsulated view of the transition from the eighteenth-century traditions of Classicism into the nineteenth-century practices of Romanticism.

These two programs will be presented in Davies Symphony Hall over the course of two Sunday recitals, the first at 2 p.m. on February 15 and the second at 7 p.m. February 22. Ticket prices for each concert will be between $35 and $96. SFP has a series page with subscriber prices ranging from $62 to $188. Single tickets are not yet on sale, but series tickets are currently being handled for SFP by a City Box Office event page. SFS has created event pages for both the first and second recitals, but tickets will not go on sale until July 21. At the present time tickets can only be purchased from SFS as part of the Great Performers Series of concerts, which has its own subscription Web page. Further information may be obtained by calling the Davies Box Office at 415-864-6000 or the SFP Box Office at 415-392-2545.

The second pair of SFP recitals will be given by Garrick Ohlsson and will be dedicated entirely to the music of Alexander Scriabin. The first program will present a selection of that composer’s études and preludes, as well as his early sonata efforts, which were not published during his lifetime. The second program will then present five of the published sonatas, the first (Opus 6 in F minor), third (Opus 23 in F-sharp minor), eighth (Opus 66), ninth (Opus 68, known as the “Black Mass”), and tenth (Opus 70).

These two programs will be presented over the course of two weekend recitals. The first will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 7; and the second at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Both recitals will take place in the SFJAZZ Center. Ticket prices for each concert will be $40, $55, and $68. SFP has a series page with subscriber prices at $70, $100, and $125. Single tickets are not yet on sale, but series tickets are currently being handled for SFP by a City Box Office event page.

The remaining Special Event concert will be a presentation of twenty études for solo piano composed by Philip Glass. These were composed by Glass over a period of twenty years. Performances will be shared by Glass, Timo Andres, and Maki Namekawa. This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in Davies Symphony Hall. Ticket prices will range between $36 and $99. Single tickets will go on sale August 4, at which time a hyperlink from the SFP event page will be activated.

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