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Susan's City Scene
April 12, 2013, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent

Courtesy of San Francisco Symphony German violinist Augustin Hadelich makes his San Francisco Symphony debut performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, April 17 to 20 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

CONDUCTOR LAUREATE HERBERT BLOMSTEDT LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERT WITH VIOLINIST AUGUSTIN HADELICH, APRIL 17 TO 20 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL. San Francisco Symphony Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt returns to the San Francisco Symphony to conduct concerts April 17, 19 and 20 at Davies Symphony Hall. The performances feature German violinist Augustin Hadelich's debut with the Orchestra, in Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 61, and Blomstedt leading the SFS in Nielsen's Symphony No. 5., Opus 50.

HERBERT BLOMSTEDT was the Symphony's 10th Music Director from 1985-1995 and is currently its Conductor Laureate. Under his leadership, the Orchestra won its first Grammy award, for a recording of Orff's Carmina Burana; greatly expanded its international profile with numerous acclaimed performances on tour in Europe and at festivals, including those of Edinburgh, Salzburg, Munich and Lucerne; and launched its Adventures in Music program. Blomstedt celebrated his 85th birthday in May 2012.

AUGUSTIN HADELICH, 28, the winner of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, gave his first concert at 7. After receiving a diploma from the Istituto Mascagni conservatory in Livorno, Italy, Hadelich studied composition at the Hanns-Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and graduated from Juilliard, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Atlanta and Houston Symphony Orchestras, among others, and has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Hadelich plays on the 1723 "Ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivarius violin. (More on the violin, below.)

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION. Wednesday April 17 at 10 a.m. (Open Rehearsal); Wednesday April 17 at 8 p.m.; Friday April 19 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday April 20 at 8 p.m.

TICKETS. Open Rehearsal tickets for April 17 are $22-$40. All other Davies Symphony Hall concert tickets are $15-$150, and are available at, by phone at (415) 864-6000 and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office.

PRE-CONCERT TALK. There will be an "Inside Music" talk by Scott Foglesong from the stage one hour prior to each concert. Free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before.

HOW ABOUT A GLASS OF BUBBLY? Share two glasses of bubbly, two chocolate covered strawberries and two delectable truffles for just $21 at your concerts at Davies Symphony Hall. Call (415) 252-1937 to pre-order for intermission. Orders must be placed by 3:30 p.m. the day before the concert. Pick-up is available on all levels except the first tier.

BROADCAST. The April 17 through April 20 concerts will be broadcast on Tuesday, April 30 at 8 p.m. on Classical 89.9/90.3/104.9 KDFC and

CD SIGNINGS. Augustin Hadelich will sign CDs at the Symphony Store following the performances on April 17, 19 and 20.

STAGE DIRECTIONS. The San Francisco Symphony performs at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. The Performing Arts Garage is on Grove between Franklin and Gough syreets, one block away. The Civic Center BART Station is three blocks away.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT "THE INDIANAPOLIS"? The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, which Augustin Hadelich won in 2006, was founded in 1982 under the artistic leadership of Josef Gingold to discover major violin talent and nurture the careers of those identified. Every four years, music lovers from around the world focus their attention on "The Indianapolis." The winner of the competition is awarded the use of the "ex-Gingold" Stradivarius of 1683 for four years, until the next competition, at which time the instrument is awarded to the next winner. 2006 winner Hadelich returned it in time for the 2010 competition and then began with the Kiesewetter he now uses. The Ninth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis takes place Sept. 5 to 21, 2014.

AND CONCERNING THE VIOLIN THAT HADELICH USES ... The Kiesewetter Stradivarius of circa 1723 that Hadelich plays was made by Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644-1737) and derives its name from a previous owner, German composer and violinist Christophe Gottfried Kiesewetter (1777-1827). In 2006, the Stradivari Society brokered an agreement between Clement and Karen Arrison, current owners of the Kiesewetter, and Russian violinist Philippe Quint for Quint to use the instrument. On April 20, 2008, Quint accidentally left the Kiesewetter in the back of a taxicab in New York City. The violin was found and returned to Quint the next day. The cabdriver, Mohamed Khalil, was presented with a medallion by the city of Newark, the highest honor awarded by the city. Since August 2010, Augustin Hadelich has played the Kiesewetter on extended loan from the Arrisons.

Susan Cohn is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. She may be reached at

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