Benjamin Simon, conductor
Lara Nie, mezzo-soprano
Lara Downes, piano
Maria Schneider Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories (2013) [West Coast premiere]
Performance of the full orchestration of Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories is made possible by the generous support of an anonymous donor.
Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
Fri, Feb 20 8pm
This performance is generously sponsored in part by Moritz Fliedner.
Calvary Presbyterian Church
2515 Fillmore St, San Francisco
Sat, Feb 21 8pm
This performance is generously sponsored in part by Marvin & Neva Moskowitz.
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
Sun, Feb 22 3pm
First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Fresh from her success at our 2014 Gala, mezzo-soprano Lara Nie returns for the West Coast premiere of jazz leader Maria Schneider’s triple-Grammy-winning 2013 Stories, based on works by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, one of Brazil’s greatest poets. Also making her SFCO Main Stage debut is Bay Area pianist Lara Downes, “a magnetic force wrapped in flawless technique and a silken touch” (Musical Toronto). This Lara will perform the hauntingly beautiful Romantic piano concerto that Robert Schumann composed for his beloved wife, Clara.