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S.F. Symphony Plays
Conductor Christian Reif talks about his first
(planned) program for the S.F. Symphony.
MM: What are you most looking forward to about
conducting this program?
CR: I’m excited that it features not only some of my
favorite music (Strauss’ Don Juan and Prokofiev’s
Fifth Symphony), but also a world premiere by one
of our generation’s most interesting composers,
Andrew Norman. It’s a cello concerto for Johannes
Moser, a phenomenal cellist.
MM: What’s an element of conducting that you
think audiences would be interested to learn?
CR: It’s important for me to know the intention of the
composer and then to decide how to bring this out
in the performance, through pacing, instrumental
balance and embodying the music. There is a lot
going on behind the scenes before the audience ever
witnesses a concert.
MM: What is the most important thing you learned
as music director of the SFS Youth Orchestra?
CR: I learned a lot from them and also, of course,
from the mentors and coaches at the S.F. Symphony,
like how to explain technical issues in depth for each
instrument (e.g., bow technique for the strings).
MM: Where are you and the SFS Youth Orchestra
headed on your forthcoming tour?
CR: There will be about five or six concerts, three
of which are confirmed: we’re playing at the
Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (maybe one of the
most exciting new venues in the world), at the Berlin
Philharmonie and in Budapest during an open-air
summer festival. I couldn’t be more thrilled for the
musicians of the Youth Orchestra (and for me) to get
this opportunity to play in the best halls and to make
experiences that will never be forgotten.
January 24–26 at Davies Symphony Hall. sfsymphony.org