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The French Labèque sisters will bring an all-American program to Davies

French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque
French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèquecourtesy of the San Francisco Symphony

The piano duo of French sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque will return to Davies Symphony Hall at the beginning of next month, this time as recitalists. All the music they will perform will be by American composers, all of whom have been influenced by jazz and popular styles. There will be only three pieces, two of which are arrangements, while the other was originally composed for two pianos.

That latter composition is by Philip Glass, entitled simply “Four Movements for Two Pianos.” The Labèques premiered this piece in France, Italy, England, and Cuba. It is also the lead track on their three-CD album Minimalist Dream House, which they released a little over a year ago on their own KML Recordings label. The major work on the program will be an extended series of excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s score for the musical West Side Story. For this performance they will be joined by two percussionists, Raphaël Séquinier (both composer and performer on the Minimalist Dream House album) and Gonzalo Grau. This group will play an arrangement by Erwin Kostal, responsible for orchestrating the original score. The remaining composer will be George Gershwin, represented by a two-piano version of his three preludes.

This recital will take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 7. Ticket prices range from $15 to $96 and may be purchased through the event page for this concert on the San Francisco Symphony Web site. Tickets 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.