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German Romanticism at San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony  highlights German Composers and German Talents with upcoming Concerts

San Francisco Symphony has some amazing concerts coming up showcasing not only German composers Richard Strauss and Robert Schumann but also acclaimed German baritone Matthias Goerne, Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck and  German violinist Veronica Eberle, “one of the most promising violin talents to emerge from Germany in recent years”. (wikipedia)

San Francisco Symphony invites our CaliforniaGermans members to enjoy these concerts with an exclusive discount of 25% . Tickets must be purchased following the links in this post.

Each concert features an informative talk that begins one hour prior to concerts. Free to ticketholders.


April 27-29, 2017 at 8:00 PM 
Davies Symphony Hall

Hailed as “one of the essential artists of his generation,” (The New York Times) Igor Levit performs Schumann’s exhilarating Piano Concerto. Then, envision breathtaking Roman ruins and sweeping rural landscapes in Richard Strauss’ first tone poem, Aus Italien, inspired by the young composer’s trip to Italy. Tickets are available here.

conductor: Fabio Luisi
piano: Igor Levit

On the program:
Piano Concerto in A minor

Richard Strauss
Aus Italien


May 25-27, 2017 at 8:00 PM 
Davies Symphony Hall

Experience a powerful program of music that grapples with questions of life, death, and fate. Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti is brought to life by German baritone Matthias Goerne, praised for a voice that is dark and rich, filled with “red-hot dramatic intensity.” (Bachtrack) Then, Tchaikovsky’s soaring Fifth Symphony fills the hall with its massive orchestral texture and unforgettable melodies. Tickets are available here.

conductor: Manfred Honeck
baritone: Matthias Goerne

On the program:
Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti

Symphony No. 5


May 17-21, 2017 at 8:00 PM 
Davies Symphony Hall

Guest conductor Roberto Abbado leads Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Scottish. Characterized by vivid pictorial imagery, the music dances and sings the beauty of the stormy Scottish countryside. Plus, German violinist Veronika Eberle brings “introverted intensity and interpretive boldness” (The New York Times) to Schumann’s lyrical Violin Concerto. Tickets are available here.

On the program:
Music from Turandot Suite

Violin Concerto

Images: SF Symphony



Opera “Haensel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck in San Diego

Humperdinck’s enchanting fairy tale opera, die Maerchen Oper  “Haensel und Gretel” –

If you grew up in Germany or Austria, I am sure you are just all familiar not only with the story but also the music. Haensel und Gretel Even though associated with Christmas and winter time, many of the arias are songs we all heard and sang as little kids all year round. I certainly remember singing and dancing to  “Bruederchen komm tanz mit mir, beide Haende reich’ ich Dir” or “Suse, liebe Suse, was raschelt im Stroh”. Do you? 

Well, just thinking of these beautiful songs in this opera warms my heart and I am so happy that there finally is a possibility to see and hear the opera here in Southern California,  at the Lyric Opera San Diego. This is something I don’t want my kids to miss and I hope they will feel a glimpse of that wonderful joyful spirit that this opera radiates. It’s a bit of German culture to pass on to our children!

“Haensel und Gretel” was first performed in Weimar on December 23, 1893 and conducted by Richard Strauss. Since then it has become one of the most popular operas and one that’s perfect for introducing children to the world of opera.

The Lyric Opera San Diego presents Haensel and Gretel in English on November 13, 15, 19, 21 and 22 at Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104. Tickets can be ordered online or by phone (619) 231-5714.

For the ones who want to listen in to some of the songs here is a link to listen to excerpts sung by Lucia Popp ( Gretel) and Brigitte Fassbaender ( Haensel) and others  http://www.weltbild.de/3/15559795-1/musik/haensel-und-gretel.html