Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm (PDT)

Cristina Valdés, piano
Adam Stern, conductor

Saint-Saëns – Suite algérienne, Op. 60: Marche militaire française
Saint-Saëns – Danse macabre, Op. 40
Fauré – Pavane, Op. 50
Ravel – Concerto for the Left Hand
Vaughan Williams – Sea Songs
Vaughan Williams – Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 8 in D minor

John Steinbeck once asserted that he had "come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist, and that there are as few as there are any other great artists." This program celebrates some of music history's greatest student-teacher relationships. The concert opens with two popular works by Camille Saint-Saëns, moves on to music by Saint-Saëns' pupil Fauré, presents a concerto by Fauré's student Ravel, and concludes with three works by Ravel's disciple Ralph Vaughan Williams, including his penultimate symphony, No. 8, which boasts its composer's most exotic-ever writing for the percussion section. Cristina Valdés is the soloist in Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand.