American composer and pianist Sam Post, whose work spans classical, jazz and chamber music, announces performances of his newly orchestrated work Sketches of Kazakhstan: a Chamber Symphony in a larger program called “CONNECTIONS” at the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series, under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, on December 8 and 9, 2017 at 9 pm.
SoundBox is an experimental performance space inside Davies Symphony Hall, 300 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA. Information on tickets and on the works performed during each concert is available at www.sfsoundbox.com. The doors open at 8pm for each event, with the performance beginning at 9pm. Tickets to the December 8 and 9 SoundBox performances are available at 10 a.m., Monday, November 20. General admission is $45. To become a supporter of SoundBox, patrons may purchase Producer-level tickets at $350. For more information about the benefits of becoming a Producer, please go to www.sfsoundbox.com/producer
Mr. Post was originally connected to the San Francisco Symphony by Yo-Yo Ma after Sam played one of his pieces for Mr. Ma, and then performing together with Mr. Ma and Renée Fleming at the Kennedy Center Arts Summit 2016. The original San Francisco Symphony commission, premiered in February 2017, was for a string quartet based on the themes of the late Kazakh dombra player Karshyga Akhmedyarov. His daughter, Raushan Akhmedyarova, is a violinist in the symphony and played first violin in the quartet. Each of the five movements is loosely based on one or more musical themes from one of his pieces. This mini-orchestrated (28 players) version receives its world premiere with these performances.
Watch this video of Raushan Akhmedyarova talking about her background and about this new work:
And watch this video of Sam Post playing original work, “Dizzy Days” – the title track from his newest album: