January 18, 2022
Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man Performs San Francisco Symphony Premiere of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra February 11 & 12
Stephen Kahn

JANUARY 18, 2022 — Wu Man, “the world’s finest player of the pipa” (The New York Times), will make her San Francisco Symphony subscription series debut on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. PT as the soloist in Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra. It will be the first performance of the concerto by the San Francisco Symphony, one of five SF Symphony premieres on the program that includes works by Texu Kim, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and Zhou Long.

Mr. Harrison (1917-2003) composed the concerto for Wu Man in 1997. It was the first concerto for the pipa—a lute-like instrument with a history of more than two thousand years— by a western composer and the last large-scale work Mr. Harrison composed before his death. It has been a core part of Ms. Wu’s repertoire since she premiered it with Dennis Russell Davies and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Center. She most recently performed excerpts from the concerto’s lively second movement with The Knights and dancer Maile Okamura for a video titled "Bits & Pieces" that was filmed at Harrison House, the late composer’s desert home and artist retreat near the border of Joshua Tree National Park.

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