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The Gryphon Trio will join SFS for the annual all-Beethoven summer concert

The members of the Gryphon Trio
The members of the Gryphon Trio
by Daniel Ehrenworth, courtesy of the San Francisco Symphony

August will begin with a summer tradition in Davies Symphony Hall. This will be the annual all-Beethoven concert in the current Summer and the Symphony series. This year the Gryphon Trio (violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist Jamie Parker) will be making their first appearance in performance with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS). They will be featured in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Opus 56 concerto in C major, usually known as the “triple” concerto, since it is basically a concerto for piano trio and orchestra.

On the program that Director of Summer Concerts Edwin Outwater has prepared to conduct, Opus 56 will be preceded by the overture for Beethoven’s only ballet, his Opus 43 The Creatures of Prometheus, For the second half of the program, Outwater will present the Opus 67 symphony in C minor (the fifth). The performance will be preceded by a conversation between Outwater and the Boston-based classical music writer Matthew Guerrieri, who has written an extended study of this famous symphony entitled The First Four Notes.

This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1. While Summer and the Symphony concerts do not have pre-concert Inside Music talks, ticket-holders will be able to dance to the swinging sounds of The Martini Brothers in the main lobby before the concert begins. On the other hand following the conclusion of the concert, performers will return to the stage for a conversation with those members of the audience who choose to remain.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $80, and all concertgoers under the age of 18 can attend for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets may be purchased online through an event page on the SFS Web site. They are also being sold at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street, which may also be reached by calling 415-864-6000.