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      May 25, 2013

      Saturday   8:00 PM

      201 Van Ness Avenue
      San Francisco, California 94102

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      Robertson leads Ravel and Gershwin

      Ravel, who heard jazz in Harlem with Gershwin, was dumbfounded by the dazzling Rhapsody in Blue, which Gershwin played at a birthday party for the French composer. When Gershwin asked to study with him, Ravel said "It is better to write good Gershwin than bad Ravel." The jazz-influenced Concerto for the Left Hand was written for a pianist grievously injured during the First World War. The dark undertones of La Valse, an homage to Viennese waltz, suggest a furious farewell to gentility in post-war Europe. Elliott Carter's powerful Variations for Orchestra, another 20th-century masterwork, opens the program.

      “Beyond [Marc-André Hamelin’s] electrifying technical skills, the Montreal native is probably one of the most complete musicians of his generation: a virtuoso.” LA PRESSE

      On Thursday, May 23, the San Francisco Symphony performs this concert at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. For more information about this beautiful, state-of-the-art venue, please visit

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