Shostakovich’s choral masterpiece Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar” is a memorial setting of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s poetry commemorating the World War II massacre of more than 30,000 Jews in Kiev in 1941. The Symphony’s powerful musical denunciation of anti-Semitism and message that hope overcomes despair still resonates today.
Praised by Joshua Kosman of the SF Chronicle as “a remarkable talent,” guest conductor CHRISTIAN REIF returns to lead Russian bass soloist DENIS SEDOV and Bay Area men’s choral ensembles prepared by MARIKA KUZMA, chorusmaster. The performance will begin with dramatic readings of the Yevtushenko’s poems set in the five movements of the symphony.
FREE pre-concert talk at 7pm
6:30 pm – Box Office/Will Call and Cafe Zellerbach open*
7:00 pm – Pre-concert talk in the main hall (free to all ticket holders)
8:00 pm – Concert begins
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Conductor/ArtistsChristian Reif, Guest Conductor Denis Sedov, Bass Soloist Berkeley Symphony Marika Kuzma, ChorusmasterMen's Chorus, to include: Alumni of the Chamber Chorus of the University of CaliforniaAlumni of the Pacific Boychoir AcademyMembers of the St. John of San Francisco Russian Orthodox ChoraleJoy Carlin, DirectorBonnie Akimoto, ActorL. Peter Callendar, ActorArje Shaw, ActorVictor Talmadge, Actor
ProgramShostakovich: Symphony No.13, "Babi Yar"
About the Artists
German conductor Christian Reif joined the San Francisco Symphony as their Resident Conductor and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) in the 2016-17 season, after making a “powerful symphony debut” with the Symphony in fall 2015. He came to San Francisco from Miami, where he was the Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony for the past two seasons.
Equally at home in opera houses and concert halls around the world, Denis Sedov was born in St. Petersburg and holds a degree from the Jerusalem Academy. He was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera and has performed with major orchestras including the LA Philharmonic and the Cleveland, Atlanta, and San Francisco symphonies.
Marika Kuzma was a professor of music at UC Berkeley for some twenty-five years, directing its symphonic University Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Under her direction, the UC Chamber Chorus achieved critical acclaim particularly for its readings of early and contemporary music. Ms. Kuzma has a special affinity for Slavic choral music.