During the 2014–2015 San Francisco Performances (SFP) season, the Virtuoso Series will present the return of five major “alumni” of SFP recitals over the course of three concerts. This will involve two solo recitals and one performance by a piano trio. One of the solo recitals will be given at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, while the other two concerts will be presented at the SFJAZZ Center. All will be evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. The specifics are as follows:
- Tuesday, January 20, SFJAZZ Center: This concert will mark the return of one of the most distinguished and imaginative artists to contribute to SFP programming. Lera Auerbach will return to present a program of two of her major chamber music compositions, and she will perform on piano for both of them. Violinist Daniel Hope will join her for a performance of her third violin sonata. In addition they will be joined by cellist Joshua Roman to present her third piano trio.
- Saturday, February 14, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church: Alisa Weilerstein will return to SFP to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a program of unaccompanied cello music (with no irony intended). She will honor the legacy of the solo cello repertoire with Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 1009 suite in C major. The remaining works on the program she has prepared were all composed during the twentieth century. These will include the solo cello suite by Gasper Cassadó, György Ligeti’s sonata for solo cello, Benjamin Britten’s extremely brief “Tema ‘Sacher,’” (given its first recording by Weilerstein for the “Instruments” section of the Decca release Britten: The Complete Works), and Osvaldo Golijov’s “Omaramor.”
- Saturday, April 18, SFJAZZ Center: Violinist Hilary Hahn will return with pianist Cory Smythe as her accompanist. She will give a solo performance of Bach’s BWV 1006 partita in E major. Smythe will join her for two sonatas, Robert Schumann’s Opus 105 in A minor and Claude Debussy’s G minor sonata, one of his final compositions. The program will also include selections from In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores.
Series tickets are now available for purchase, and the 2014–2015 season announcement can be found on the SFP home page. The Virtuosi Series has its own Web page, from which subscriptions may be ordered. The Premium price is $195, and subscriptions are also selling for $170 and $110. The SFP home page also provides hyperlinks to PDF files of the Season Calendar and a “physical” subscription order form. Single tickets will go on sale August 4, at which time hyperlinks to the appropriate Web pages will be activated.