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Yuja Wang will reunite with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony

Pianist Yuja Wang the Echo Klassik 2011 award party in Berlin
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Yuja Wang has been performing with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) since 2006, when she was a featured guest soloist for the annual Chinese New Year Concert. She also performed with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) at the Carnegie Hall concert by the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. This month she will return to Davies Symphony Hall to join MTT and SFS in a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s first (Opus 10) piano concerto in D-flat major, a single-movement composition in three sections that did much to burnish the “bad boy” image the composer was cultivating when he composed the piece in 1911 and 1912. She will also present (with SFS accompaniment) a “programmed encore” in the form of the scherzo movement from Henry Litolff’s Opus 102 in D minor, the fourth of five compositions he called “Concerto Symphonique.” According to his Wikipedia page, this movement is the only one of his works “still performed at all regularly.”

The symphonic portion of the program will offer a variety of short compositions. It will begin with the Opus 50 of Gabriel Fauré, which he entitled simply “Pavane.” This will be followed by the third piece of entr’acte music that Franz Schubert composed for the play Rosamunde (D. 797). Wang’s concerto performance will then be preceded by Edvard Grieg’s “The Last Spring” (Opus 34, Number 2). The intermission will be followed by Claude Debussy’s triptych of orchestral “images,” planned in 1905 but not completed until 1912. This is a set of five short pieces, the inner three inspired by Spain preceded by one for England and followed by one for France.

This program will be given four performances in Davies Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 25. The Inside Music talk will be given by Alexandra Amati-Camperi one hour prior to each performance, free to all ticket holders. In addition a free podcast about the Debussy triptych, hosted by KDFC’s Rik Malone, will be available for download from the Podcast page. Ticket prices range from $15 to $171. 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.

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