Performance Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 8 PM

San Francisco Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A French ballet written for a Russian impresario and a Russian concerto written for a French soloist are featured. Ravel’s score for Daphnis et Chloé, commissioned by Russian dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev, is a masterpiece of spectacular orchestral colors, exotic harmonies, and stirring rhythms. Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 was written for one of Ravel’s frequent collaborators, violinist Robert Soetens. Irresistibly lyrical, especially in the unaccompanied violin passage that opens the work and the gorgeous second-movement melody, Prokofiev closes the concerto with virtuoso fireworks.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • San Francisco Symphony
    Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director and Conductor
  • Gil Shaham, Violin
  • New York Choral Artists
    Joseph Flummerfelt, Chorus Director


  • SAMUEL CARL ADAMS Drift and Providence (NY Premiere)
  • PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
  • RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé (complete)


Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé: Danse religieuse
Berliner Philharmoniker | Pierre Boulez, Conductor
Deutsche Grammophon

This performance is part of Great American Orchestras I, and Great Impressionists.

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