Marek Janowski, due to conduct the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) next month, has had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict. He will be replaced by Yan Pascal Tortelier, who made his SFS debut in 1998 in a concert that included the first San Francisco performances of an orchestration of Maurice Ravel’s piano trio. The soloist for next month’s concerts will still be German pianist Martin Helmchen, who will be making his SFS debut with a performance of Robert Schumann’s Opus 54 concerto in A minor. Tortelier will open the program with Hector Berlioz’ “Roman Carnival” overture; and the second half will be devoted to Antonín Dvořák’s Opus 70 symphony in D minor (the seventh in the current numbering system).
This program will be given three performances in Davies Symphony Hall at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, and Sunday, October 20, and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 19. The speaker for the Inside Music talk, given one hour prior to performance, will be Alexandra Amati-Camperi. In addition, a free audio podcast about the symphony, hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone, will be posted on the Program Note Podcasts Web page on the SFS Web site. Ticket prices range from $15 to $156. They may be purchased online at 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.