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The fifth Salkind International Piano Duo Festival begins next week

This coming Thursday will mark the beginning of the fifth Milton & Peggy Salkind International Piano Duo Festival. This biannual event was formed to preserve the art form of piano duo performances and is sponsored by the San Francisco International Music Festival (sfmf). The theme for this year’s festival is A Baltic Voyage; and the programming will highlight music of the countries that border the Baltic Sea: Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. With the exception of the Grand Finale Concert, which will take place in the theater at the Palace of Fine Arts, all events will take place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, including a Concert Series in the Concert Hall and a Salon Series in the Osher Salon.

Here is a day-by-day summary of the events:

Thursday, August 7

6 p.m.: Salon Series 1: The Russian Music Society - St. Petersburg Secrets

8 p.m.: Concert Series 1: Treasures of the Baltic Sea
J. S. Bach - Sonata in E-flat Major - Bergmann Piano Duo
Robert Schumann - Bilder aus dem Osten, Op.66 - ZOFO Duet
Selim Palmgren – A Masked Ball - Duo Turgeon
Anton Arensky - Suite for 2 Pianos, Op. 15 - Firenze Duo
Gavrilin/Kharajanyan - Adagio - Anyuta Ballet (Premiere)
Sapozhnikov - Painting the Horse - Angelo Duo
Vadim Bibergan - Three Russian Old Time Laments - The AR-RA Duo
Vadim Bibergan - Polka Nora - The AR-RA Duo & Angelo Duo (2 pianos, 8 hands)

Friday, August 8

3 p.m.: Master Class: Firenze Duo Osher Salon (free)

4 p.m.: Master Class: Duo Tergeon Osher Salon (free)

6 p.m.: Salon Series 2: The Copenhagen Music Society

8 p.m.: Concert Series 2: Portraits & Sketches
Xaver Scharwenka - Suite de Danses, Op. 41 - Firenze Duo
Johannes Brahms -Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b - Duo Turgeon
Raimo Kangro - Sonata for Two Pianos, Op. 28 (1981) - The AR-RA Duo
Nils Lindberg - Mirrors Variations on a Swedish Dalecarlian Ballad - Angelo Duo (World premiere - sfmf commission sponsored by Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation)
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, No. 1 & No. 3 - Bergmann Duo

Saturday, August 9

11 a.m.: Master Class: Bergmann Duo Osher Salon (free)

1 p.m.: Concert Series 3: Baltic Explorers – Salkind Young Performers (free)

3 p.m.: Concert Series 4: Baltic Masterpieces
Anton Rubinstein - Sonata, Op. 89 - Firenze Duo
Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring (Selections) - Katarina & Matthew Lee Duo
Bronius Kutavicius - Two Collages
Vyrautas Barkauskas - Variations - AR-RA Duo
Paul Hindemith – Drei Wunderschönen Madchen im Schwarzwald - Bergmann Duo
Urmas Sisask - The Sombrero Galaxy, Op. 119 - ZOFO Duet (American Premiere)
Raimo Kangro - Display II - Portrait of Mozart - Duo Turgeon & AR-RA Duo (8 Hands)

6 p.m.: Salon Series 3: Salkind Society

8 p.m.: Concert Series 5: Northern Odyssey
Erik Gustaf Geijer - Sonata in E Major - Firenze Duo
Urmas Sisask - The Milky Way, Op. 24 (1990) - ZOFO Duet
Frederik Chopin - Rondo - Duo Turgeon
Witold Lutosławski - Variations on a Theme by Paganini (1941) - Duo Turgeon
Marcel Bergmann - Echoes of Tchaikovsky - Bergmann Duo
(World premiere - sfmf commission sponsored by Scott & Kassandra Edwards)
Imants Zemzatis - Fantasy for Two Pianos (1975) - The AR-RA Duo
Urmas Sisask- The Andromeda Galaxy, Op. 34 - AR-RA & Angelo Duos (8 Hands)

Sunday, August 10

7 p.m.: Grand Finale Concert: Dance Premiere
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Neapolitan Dance (Swan Lake) - Duo Turgeon & Marin Dance Theatre
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky- Spanish Dance (Swan Lake) - Duo Turgeon & Marin Dance Theatre
Erkki Melartin - Suite Marionettes - The AR-RA Duo
Leon Minkus - Pas de Trois (Paquita) - Marin Dance Theatre
Kurt Graunke - Waltzer Rhapsody - Bergmann Duo
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky-The Fiancés (Swan Lake) - Marin Dance Theatre
Alexander Borodin - Polovtsian Dances - Firenze Duo & Russian dancers
Igor Stravinsky - Petrouchka - ZOFO Duet
Valery Gavrilin - Anyuta Suite (from Anyuta Ballet) - Angelo Piano Duo American premiere - choreography by Tiit Helimets, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and guest choreographer with Estonia National Ballet. Guest Artists from Marin Dance Theatre, San Francisco Opera Ballet, and Smuin Ballet

All Festival events will take place between August 7 and August 9 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, with the Grand Finale Concert being held in the theater of the Palace of Fine Arts building at 3301 Lyon Street. All tickets will be available through a Brown Paper Tickets Web page with individual hyperlinks for each concert. Passes to all events are also for sale for $130 for adults and $100 for seniors and students. Passes may be purchased through a separate Brown Paper Tickets Web page. Tickets may also be acquired by calling 800-838-3006.

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