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SFS: Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica!!

Hi there,

Happy New Year! Well, I hope I am not late in wishing you this still? Chinese New Year hasn't come yet after all!:)

This is my first official concert event of the year, and hope you're excited about joining me for embarking on another year of fun journey together in classical music events.

Speaking of which, SF Symphony salutes a world-renowned chamber group Kamarata Baltica led by Gidon Kremer this Sunday 2/2, and the program will include Weinberg, Shostakovich & Britten. It will be great to see any remnants of influence by Shostakovich in Weinberg music (or vice versa?), which had been quite controversial back in his time. 

Here's the concert details you can read about:

Gidon Kremer leads the formidable Kremerata Baltica in this gripping program. As part of the celebration of the Britten centenary, Kremerata offers Britten’s arresting Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; the program concludes with music by Britten’s contemporary, Shostakovich. Kremer describes the controversial Antiformalist Gallery as “very amusing and entertaining . . .a real happy ending for this program.”


Weinberg, Concertino for Violin and Strings 

Shostakovich (Arr. Zinman/Pushkarev), Violin Sonata

Britten, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Shostakovich (Arr. Pushkarev), Anti-formalist Gallery


Gidon Kremer, violin and leader

Alexei Mochalov, bass

Kremerata Baltica


- Online:*Discounted ticket by entering promocode 'SUBPRESALE')

- Phone: (415)[masked]

PRE-MEETUP: Dinner @5:30

Arlequin Cafe
384 Hayes St, SF(b/t Gough & Franklin)


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  • Larry

    OK, I gotta say, 3 days later my mom is still saying how great the concert was. A very interesting program with a great variety of string sounds. They did an encore of a piece Weinberg wrote for a cartoon. :)

    February 5, 2014

  • erika

    What an extraordinary concert I saw!! Though the program had been modified due to sudden emergency by one of the key performers, it is so unbelievable to see how resilient, disciplined & dynamic the group was felt throughout entire hall. I'd give much credit to Mr. Kremer for taking great care of his group. In terms of repertoire for the night, the first piece was very sensitive & agitating piece... yeah, no surprise it's Shostakovich. Then a very fluid variation by Britten, which relieved me from the earlier piecec. I liked Britten piece very music.Then 2nd half started off by yet another serious piece w/ repetitive motif... so there goes Weinberg contemporary of Shostakovich. I liked the last piece & the encore piece. They were very uplifting both in major key.

    February 3, 2014

  • Lydia W.

    I happen to have a ticket to this so even though I didn't sign up for the meetup, I will try to find you at intermission.

    February 2, 2014

    • erika

      Hi Lydia, Did you not see us during intermission? We were hanging out by the bookstore area. Hope you enjoyed the concert, and yes I did immensely!!:) See you next round!

      February 3, 2014

  • erika

    Well, Super Bowl tomorrow seems going strong...

    February 1, 2014

  • erika

    Mariana & Piotr: Are you in for dinner?

    January 31, 2014

  • erika

    Please note the discount code posted above is good for a number of SF Symphony concerts in spring beside 2/2 concert though might be limited as far as what's on sale & quantity available. It's valid thr. 1/31. So I encourage you to take advantage of it if you can. I will be posting a number of SFS concerts as meetup shortly. Please stay tuned!

    January 27, 2014

  • erika

    Hi, Let me know your dinner interest. Arlequin is a very casual low-key cafe/restaurant, and they also have great selection of drink menu if you are not up for meal. Thanks!

    January 27, 2014

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