If, as has already been announced, the three concerts in the Jazz Series of the 2014–2015 San Francisco Performances (SFP) season are all going to present pianists, there will be far more diversity in the three concerts in the Young Masters Series, supported in part by a generous gift from the Estate of Maxine D. Wallace. This is always one of the most exciting parts of every SFP season, since it provides an opportunity to experience “rising talent,” some of whom will later return to perform in other SFP series. In the 2014–2015 season, two of the concerts will be debut performances, while the third will present a familiar face known to audiences of both the San Francisco Opera and the SFP Salon Series at the Rex Hotel. The specifics are as follows:
- Sunday, January 25, 2 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music: This will be a debut recital by Macau-born pianist Kuok-Wai Lio. Lio has already caught the attention of András Schiff, and those who enjoy Schiff’s performances will probably appreciate the program he has prepared. The major work will be Franz Schubert’s D. 894 sonata in G major. The program will also include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (the K. 576 sonata in D major) and Robert Schumann (the Opus 2 Papillons suite). Between these two compositions Lio will perform Alban Berg’s Opus 1, his only piano sonata, written in the key of B minor.
- Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church: This will be the debut recital for violist Lawrence Power. The accompanist will be pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips. The full details of the program have not yet been announced. However, Power and Crawford-Philips have already recorded the complete works for viola and piano by the English composer York Bowen; and it has already been released that they plan to include Bowen on their SFP program. The program will also include the English composers Mark-Anthony Turnage and Benjamin Britten, as well as the American John Corigliano.
- Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music: For the final program soprano Leah Crocetto will return to San Francisco. In October of 2010 Crocetto gave one of the Wednesday night “Salon” recitals at the Hotel Rex, for which she prepared a cabaret program of opera arias, arts songs, and pop tunes. As an Adler Fellow of the San Francisco Opera (SFO), she sang in a variety of SFO productions. In addition, she was the soprano soloist when SFO Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducted the “Verdi bicentennial” performance of that composer’s setting of the Requiem Mass in the War Memorial Opera House; and she made her Schwabacher debut recital in April of 2010. The program for her SFP recital has not yet been announced.
Series tickets are now available for purchase, and the 2014–2015 season announcement can be found on the SFP home page. The Young Masters Series has its own Web page from which subscriptions may be ordered. The subscription price is $105 for all seating. 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 for $40 on August 4, at which time hyperlinks to the appropriate Web pages will be activated.