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“Spotlight Series” Comes to San Francisco Symphony


The San Francisco Symphony’s Spotlight Series, new in the 2021–22 season, features ascendant artists in their Davies Symphony Hall recital debuts.

Soloists presented by the Spotlight Series March–June 2022 include pianist Drew Petersen, violinist Randall Goosby with pianist Zhu Wang, violinist Noa Wildschut with pianist Elisabeth Brauß, and saxophonist Steven Banks with pianist Xak Bjerken.

On March 23, pianist Drew Petersen presents a solo recital performing Maurice Ravel’s devilishly demanding Gaspard de la nuit, selections from Frédéric Chopin’s evocative Études, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s dramatic Piano Sonata No. 2.

Drew Petersen is a sought-after soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.

He is the recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2017 American Pianists Award, and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association. Petersen’s 2021–22 season includes performances with orchestras in Cincinnati, Santa Fe, Buffalo, Delaware, Columbus, and Indianapolis and recitals in Madison, WI, and Sanibel, FL.

Drew Petersen’s firm belief in the importance of music in contemporary society led to collaborations with Young Audiences NY that presents performances in New York City’s public schools, and he continually advocates for the necessity of classical music and other arts in society.

Cultural Currents will soon conduct an interview with Mr. Petersen.