The 2013 - 2014 concert season is nearly upon us. I'll be writing program notes and giving pre-concert lectures for a variety of institutions, including the San Francisco Symphony and the California Symphony.

My Spring 2014 class at the Fromm Institute is "Three Centuries of Sonatas." Here's the link!


I have taught Music 27 - Introduction to Music for 21 years now for the Fall Freshman Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Again this fall I'm shepherding a group of undergraduates through the glories of the Western musical tradition.

Although I no longer write for the San Francisco Examiner, I maintain a personal blog called Free Composition. The blog covers a wide range of topics, even sometimes music, so check it out frequently.

Peripheral Pianism

I may have been raised and trained as a pianist, but my relationship with the instrument has been rocky at best. Only during a very limited period of my life did the piano become really central to my career as a musician, but that unnatural attachment led soon enough to an all-stops meltdown. For the past fifteen years I have had the career I want to have, and not the one people told me I was supposed to have. That career includes the piano only peripherally; I play the occasional recital, and that's about it.

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About Scott Foglesong

Scott Foglesong is a pianist, musician, teacher, writer, cat-lover, music history devotée, occasional computer geek and sometime programmer. He has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1978; nowadays he serves as a department chair in addition to enjoying the honor of educating some of today's most promising young musicians. In 2008 he was named recipient of the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for excellence in teaching. He has taught Music 27 (Introduction to Music) for the Fall Freshman program at UC Berkeley since 1991, is associated with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, both as a Contributing Writer and as an "Inside Music" lecturer for the Symphony's weekly subscription concerts, and is Program Annotator and Scholar in Residence for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Professor Foglesong was formally educated at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the San Francisco Conservatory, but his informal education continues everywhere, without cease.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

"Beethoven" class begins at Fromm Institute.

Sunday, Jan. 12

Faculty Recital, SFCM 2:00 PM. SOLD OUT

Sunday, January 19

California Symphony program notes: Mahoney Triple Point, Bach/Golka Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, Richard Strauss Horn Concerto, Elgar Enigma Variations

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Classes begin, SFCM

January 30, 31, Feb 1

San Francisco Symphony program notes: Sibelius Symphony No. 6

Sunday, February 9

Concert for Noe Valley Chamber Music, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 4:00 PM, with Robin Sutherland: Rachmaninoff Suite No. 2 in C Minor for 2 Pianos.

Thursday, February 13

Lecture on film music for the Marin Osher JCC, 1:00 PM.

february 19, 20, 21, 22

San Francisco Symphony pre-concert lecture: Haydn Symphony No. 6, Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

March 2

California Symphony program notes: Mark Grey - ‘Leviathan’ Overture for Orchestra; R. Strauss – Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration); Wagner - Flying Dutchman Overture; Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Tuesday, April 8

"Three Centuries of Sonatas" class begins at the Fromm Institute.

April 9, 11

San Francisco Symphony pre-concert lectures: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, Bruckner Symphony No. 4

April 24, 25, 26

San Francisco Symphony pre-concert lectures: Schulhoff Scherzo from Symphony No.5, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

May 4

California Symphony program notes: D.J. Sparr – World Premiere; Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini; Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

May 11

Concert at First Unitarian Church, 3:00 PM, playing Stefan Cwik's Cycles for piano solo.

June 19, 20, 21

San Francisco Symphony pre-concert lecture: Copland Danzón Cubano, Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horns & Strings, Shostakovich Symphony No. 15