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Open Rehearsal: Bartók's The Miraculous Mandarin

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Open Rehearsal: Bartók's <em>The Miraculous Mandarin</em>

Beguiling and depraved, Bartók’s pantomime ballet The Miraculous Mandarin emerged like a shriek from the moral vacuum of World War I. Textured by folk music and exoticism, Bartók’s endlessly inventive score enlivens a dark urban tale of supernatural lust. Also on the program, hear a piece that was kept hidden from Joseph Stalin—Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1—delivered with “fearless virtuosity” (The Cincinnati Enquirer) by Karen Gomyo.

Take a peek behind the scenes and experience an SF Symphony performance in the making. It begins at 8:30am with coffee, donuts, and a half-hour informative talk at 9am. Then, watch as the conductor and musicians collaborate to bring the music to life.

Open Rehearsals are working rehearsals. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion.

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Program

Shostakovich

Violin Concerto No. 1

Borodin

Symphony No. 2

Bartók

Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin