A Spanish-themed program with Javier Perianes and the San Francisco Symphony

Pablo Heras-Casado returns to Davies Symphony Hall to conduct the San Francisco Symphony in a program featuring Spanish-inspired works by French composers. Accomplished pianist and fellow Spaniard, Javier Perianes, will share the stage with the ensemble with concerts on October 18, 19 & 20.

The program for the concert series will include Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso, an exuberant and dramatic piece that exemplifies the character of a jester’s morning song, following with Debussy’s Ibéria from Images pour orchestra, a piece that sketches a musical portrait of Spain; and continuing with Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro, one of his most famous pieces that uses changing orchestration and volume to enhance a repeated tune.

Concluding the program, Javier Perianes takes the stage to perform Bartók’s melodic Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece that Heras-Casado and Perianes recorded and toured to Spain with the Münchner Philharmoniker earlier this year. The album, released in January 2018 on the harmonia mundi label, is available via his Recordings.

On October 18, join Heras-Casado and the San Francisco Symphony in an open rehearsal to have a glimpse into what happens behind the scenes in the making of this performance. Coffee, donuts, and a half-hour informative talk will begin at 8:30 am.

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho