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The SFP Shenson Piano Series to begin this month with Marc-André Hamelin

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin
courtesy of San Francisco Performances

The first of the four recitals in the Shenson Piano Series for the 2013–14 season of San Francisco Performances (SFP) will take place at the end of this month. This season all four recitalists will be giving a return SFP performance. The first of them will be Canadian Marc-André Hamelin, who will launch the series at the end of this month.

The program Hamelin has prepared will present his talents as a composer, as well as a performer. It will begin with the West Coast premiere of his barcarolle, which will receive its world premiere at his Carnegie Hall recital to be held this coming January 27. Indeed, the entire program will be the same as the one he has prepared for Carnegie and will feature only two other composers. The first will be the early twentieth-century Russian Nikolai Medtner with a performance of the second of his Opus 25 sonatas. Inspired by the text “Of what do you howl, night wind …?” from an 1832 poem by Fyodor Tyutchev, Medtner called this the “Night Wind” sonata. The program will then conclude with the D. 935 set of four impromptus by Franz Schubert.

This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, in the Nourse Theater (275 Hayes Street, between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street and across the street from Davies Symphony Hall). Tickets are priced at $38, $55, and $65. These may be purchased through the event page for the recital on the SFP Web site. In addition, because this is the first concert in the Piano Series, tickets for the entire subscription are still available for $135, $210, and $250 and may be purchased through a City Box Office event page. SFP may be reached at 415-398-6449 for further information.