November 11th 2010

Wainwright to perform Shakespeare with SF Symphony

Rufus Wainwright, 37, is a surely known for his vibrancy as a musician, lending himself to a household name in pop and rock. But lately, he’s been creating some buzz in the classical realm, with operas and song cycles alike.This year, Wainwright has dealt out of a London premiere of his first opera, “Prima Donna”, along with a commissioned Shakespeare song cycle at Davies Hall in San Francisco.

Shakespeare goes pop

This week, the cycle, entitled “Five Shakespeare Sonnets” debuts at Davies, with Wainwright at the vocal soloist. For those who are planning on attending, note that Jeffrey Kahane, originally scheduled to conduct and perform has cancelled due to illness. Conductor Michael Francis is the replacement, and the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major will be replaced by Darius Milhaud’s La Création du monde. The rest of the program remains the same.

The singer-songwriter will step on stage, starting tonight, with the San Francisco Symphony to sing the new song cycle, featuring five of the love poems. With his lyrical voice and effervescent talent, it will no doubt bring a whole new meaning to Shakespeare, symphonic work, and pop/rock talent.

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Ticket Info


Michael Francis – conductor
Rufus Wainwright – vocalist
San Francisco Symphony


Milhaud – La Création du monde
Rufus Wainwright – Five Shakespeare Sonnets (San Francisco Symphony Commission, World Premiere)
Weill – Symphony No. 2

Performance Date

Thu, Nov 11, 12, 13, 2010 8:00pm
Davies Symphony Hall – $15 to $135
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