Festival Kickoff: We Love Music
Aug
15
7:30 PM19:30

Festival Kickoff: We Love Music

Season Preview and Champagne Reception

The San Francisco International Piano Festival returns to Piedmont Center for the Arts after last season's sold out, smashing success at the Center. This intimate evening of music and friendship kicks off the festival's 3rd season with performances of Schumann, Grieg, Bernstein, and more. Featured performers include Bobby Mitchell, Paul Sanchez and Kayleen Sanchez, and founder & artistic director Jeffrey LaDeur. Mingle with the artists and get a preview of the festival that has become one of the most exciting musical events in the Bay Area. Program to Include: Schubert & Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales Schumann/Bizet: 6 Canonic Etudes Op.56 Grieg: Selected Songs TBA Bernstein: I Hate Music! Whitacre: Goodnight Moon

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Rzewski's Songs of Insurrection
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Rzewski's Songs of Insurrection

$26 online / $30 at the door
Show starts at 8:00 PM, Doors open at 7  

Bobby Mitchell performs the US premiere of Frederich Rzewski's Songs of Insurrection (2016) which draws from protest songs of many cultures. Mitchell is one of the leading exponents of Rzewski's music and has championed such works as Ruins (2015), War Songs (2008) and the iconic 36 variations on The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (1975) which was presented at the inaugural San Francisco International Piano Festival in 2017.

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Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue (Screen)
Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue (Screen)

  • Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts (map)
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Eunmi Ko & Igor Lipinski

Join us for a magical afternoon at the Maybeck Studio where Eunmi Ko will perform Brahms' deeply moving Klavierstucke Op.118 and exciting new works by Matthew Schreibeis, Lansing McLoskey, and Anthony Green. After intermission, Igor Lipinski returns by popular demand to the Maybeck with a curated set of masterpieces that inspired great film makers such as Bergman, Kubrick, Tarkowsky, Pawlikowski, and more. Program to include: Brahms Klavierstucke Op.118, Matthew Schreibeis "Inner truth", Lansing McLoskey "hypnagogique", Anthony Green "Fanatic", Bach-Busoni "Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ", Chopin Prelude Op. 28 No. 2, Ligeti's Music Ricercata No. 2, Preisner Les Marionettes, Wagner-Liszt's Liebestod.

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David Gordon's Mysteria Incarnationis
Aug
17
10:00 PM22:00

David Gordon's Mysteria Incarnationis

Co-Presented with Old First Concerts  
General $25, Seniors (65+) $20, Full-time Student $5 

Don't miss this special candlelight performance of David Gordon's hypnotic Mysteria Incarnationis (2015). Violinist Eka Gogichashvili will join pianist Paul Sanchez and soprano Kayleen Sanchez for the performance which calls for two grand pianos, one of which is prepared, an upright piano of unequal temperament, percussion, singing glasses, and more. Gordon draws on selections of fourth-century poet Ephram the Syrian's Hymns on the Nativity which will be sung in Syriac. 

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Vassilandonakis La Tierra and Schubert-Liszt Lieder
Aug
20
12:30 PM12:30

Vassilandonakis La Tierra and Schubert-Liszt Lieder

Co-presented with Noontime Concerts 

Join us for this special collaboration concert featuring Paul Sanchez and Kayleen Sanchez in a performance of Yiorgos Vassilandonakis' dramatic setting of Pablo Neruda's La Tierra. Igor Lipinski concludes the program with Schubert's magnificent lieder transcribed by Liszt.   

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Piano Illusions & Concert Confidential
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

Piano Illusions & Concert Confidential

8 PM, Doors open at 7 
$26 online/$30 at the door 

Pianists Igor Lipinski and Jeffrey LaDeur will present a special evening of music, magic, storytelling, and comedy at Berkeley Freight and Salvage, Wednesday, August 21. Lipinski's international reputation as a magician earned him praise from Penn and Teller, and LaDeur's unique combination of artistry and wit are on display in his Concert Confidential which premiered at the 2018 San Francisco International Festival to great acclaim. 

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Empress Theatre in Vallejo - Night One
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

Empress Theatre in Vallejo - Night One

Ticketing info coming soon

Johnandrew Slominski and Eunmi Ko perform Thursday, August 22, at Vallejo's historic Empress Theatre. Slominski's elegant pianism will shine in Mozart's dramatic Sonata in A Minor K.310 and Brahms' exquisite Piano Pieces Op.118. In stark contrast, Eunmi Ko will present two contemporary works inspired by the cosmos: David Liptak's Constellations and George Crumb's Makrokosmos Book II. Mr. Crumb celebrates his 90th birthday this year and has long been one of the most beloved and influential composers of our time. Ko's hypnotic performance at the Empress in 2018 led to her return engagement by popular demand. 

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Painting, Poetry, and the Piano
Aug
23
2:00 PM14:00

Painting, Poetry, and the Piano

  • Gunn Theater at Legion of Honor Museum 100 34th Avenue San Francisco , California 94121 (map)
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Solo Chopin & Liszt, Faure La Bonne Chanson, Schubert Variations for 4 Hands

The San Francisco International Piano Festival begins its closing weekend with an intimate afternoon concert at the Legion of Honor's enchanting Gunn Theater. In addition to solo piano works by Chopin and Liszt, founder and artistic director Jeffrey LaDeur will be joined by renowned mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich in Faure's glorious song cycle La Bonne Chanson op.61. Albert Kim, fellow New Piano Collective artist and festival favorite, joins for Schubert's Variations on an original Theme D.813 for piano duet. Program to include: Liszt Sposalizio from Annees de Pelerinage: Italie Chopin Allegro de Concert Op.46 Faure La Bonne Chanson Op.61 Schubert Variations on an Original Theme D.813

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Gaspard de la Nuit
Aug
24
3:00 PM15:00

Gaspard de la Nuit

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Albert Kim & Jiyang Chen

Maybeck Recital Hall! Albert Kim created a sensation with his performance of Ravel during the inaugural festival of 2017; now he returns to perform the composer's visionary realization of Aloysius Bertrand's Poetry. Ravel expands and exploits the full tonal resources of the piano and unleashes a demonic virtuosity that has captured the imagination of pianists and audiences alike for over a century. Program to include: Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit (1908) Ondine Le Gibet Scarbo Jiyang Chen Repertoire TBA

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An die Freude; Ode to Joy
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

An die Freude; Ode to Joy

  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music Caroline Hume Concert Hall (map)
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Beethoven's 9th Symphony Transcribed by Liszt

Bobby Mitchell performs Beethoven's iconic and beloved Symphony no.9 in D Minor Op.125 in the stunning arrangement for solo piano by Liszt. Through his masterful transcriptions, Liszt brought countless orchestral and operatic masterpieces into the homes of the amateur musicians and music lovers of the 19th century, making available musical experiences that would have been rare if possible at all for much of society. The original genius and inspiration of Beethoven is presented in a new light by the phenomenal power and responsibility of a solo pianist. The famous choral finale will be sung with soloists and a vocal ensemble. Don't miss this thrilling performance that anticipates Beethoven's 250th anniversary in 2020.

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Festival Finale at Herbst Theater at San Francisco War Memorial
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Festival Finale at Herbst Theater at San Francisco War Memorial

Ticketing through City Box Office 

The festival will conclude with a grand Festival Finale honoring the life of Thomas C. LaDeur, father of founder and artistic director Jeffrey LaDeur. This memorial concert will feature LaDeur with the Alexander String Quartet, mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich, and principal bass of the San Francisco Symphony, Scott Pingel. Special guests Daria Rabotkina and Albert Kim will perform Ravel's disarmingly poignant Mother Goose Suite for piano four hands, and LaDeur will perform concerti by Mozart and Beethoven, joined by Ms. Scharich in Mozart's unique concert aria "Ch'io my scordi di te" K.505 for mezzo soprano, piano, and strings. 

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2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival at Empress Theatre - Night Three
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival at Empress Theatre - Night Three

Visionaries

Girolamo Deraco, Timeless is Forever (US premiere)
Tyler Kline, Selections from Orchard
Vera Ivanova Deep Heart's Core for piano and visual projection
Beethoven Piano Sonata no.30 Op.109
Eunmi Ko, piano

-Intermission-

Liszt
Sonetto de Petrarca 104
Liebestraum
Vallee d’Obermann
Hungarian Rhapsody 12

Jiyang Chen, piano

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2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival at Empress Theatre - Night Two
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival at Empress Theatre - Night Two

Piano Illusions & Concert Confidential

Featuring Igor Lipinski's Piano Illusions, a unique show of classical music and sleight-of-hand magic, and Jeffrey LaDeur's Concert Confidential, a behind-the-scenes look at life as a pianist, the classical music world, and tragicomic encounters with travels, pianos, and people.

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2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival at San Francisco State University Knuth Hall
Aug
20
7:30 PM19:30

2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival at San Francisco State University Knuth Hall

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Solo Spotlight

Philip Glass “Opening” from Glassworks
Liszt Concert Etude No. 3 “Un Sospiro”
Mozart Sonata in A minor, K. 310

-Intermission-

Brahms Klavierstücke Op. 118
Bolcom Two Rags (“Graceful Ghost” and “Old Adam”)

Johnandrew Slominski, piano

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2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival Kick Off Concert and Champagne Reception
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

2nd San Francisco International Piano Festival Kick Off Concert and Champagne Reception

Roots, Rags, and Jazz

William Bolcom (1938-)
Graceful Ghost from Three Ghost Rags
Old Adam from The Garden of Eden

Philip Glass (1937-)
Mad Rush

George Gershwin (1898-1937)/Earl Wild (1915-2010)
Embraceable You
The Man I Love
I Got Rhythm

From 7 Virtuoso Etudes

Johnandrew Slominski, piano


-Intermission-


George Gershwin
Arranged by Grace Castagnetta (1909-1996) for piano solo

Concerto in F (1925)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio- Andante con moto
III. Allegro agitato

Bobby Mitchell, piano

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