San Francisco Symphony to remember Steinberg with concert

Posted on: February 2, 2010

On February 6 the San Francisco Symphony will host a concert of chamber music and poetry, in remembrance of Michael Steinberg, the music critic, program annotator, and lecturer. Steinberg died in July of colon cancer. The free 5:30 p.m. event at Davies Symphony Hall will feature performances of music by Mahler and Beethoven by violinist Jorja Fleezanis, Steinberg’s widow, who is former concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and former associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony; pianist Garrick Ohlsson; and San Francisco Symphony musicians including principal oboe William Bennett and principal keyboard Robin Sutherland. There will be poetry readings by Robert Guter and composer John Adams; Steinberg believed poetry to be a vital component of music-making. In addition to serving as program annotator and pre-concert lecturer for the San Francisco Symphony, Steinberg had long associations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Minnesota Orchestra. He also coached musicians at the Music at Menlo (Calif.) and Round Top (Texas) festivals.

Photo by Terrence McCarthy

Posted February 2, 2010