This past April pianist Till Fellner made his San Francisco debut in a Piano Series recital presented by San Francisco Performances. For many this was a long anticipated occasion. Fellner’s debut had originally been scheduled for February 2, 2011; but that performance had to be cancelled due to muscle strain in the left hand,. Fortunately, those willing to wait were well rewarded with a solo recital organized around two major classical sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn, respectively.
It is therefore with great pleasure that I report that Fellner’s next visit will require less waiting. Next month he will make his debut with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of guest conductor Semyon Bychkov. Once again the focus will be on Mozart with a performance of the K. 491 concerto in C minor, composed in Vienna in 1786. This is one of Mozart’s larger-scale concertos; and it will fill the first half of the program. The second half will be devoted entirely to one of Richard Strauss’ longest non-operatic compositions, his final tone poem, “An Alpine Symphony,” which he completed in 1915.
This concert will be given only two performances in Davies Symphony Hall, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. The Inside Music talk will be given by Ron Gallman and, as usual, will begin one hour prior to the concert and last about half an hour. Admission is free to all ticket holders. Ticket prices for this concert range from $34 to $156; and tickets may be purchased online through the hyperlinks on the event page for this program. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Davies Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street or by calling 415-864-6000.