Mutter's San Francisco performance celebrates the development of violin literature during the 20th century, a concept she's been touring in recitals and orchestral concerts alike. Accompanied by pianist Lambert Orkis, her recital partner of over 10 years, Mutter will perform a difficult but engaging program featuring Arvo Pärt's Fratres, Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, Prokofiev's Sonata for Violin and Piano, and Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2, for which she will be joined by German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. A longtime champion of the work of living composers, Mutter has premiered works written for her by Witold Lutoslawski, Wolfgang Rihm, Norbert Moret, Sebastian Currier, and Krzysztof Penderecki, whose new Sonata for Violin and Piano was to receive its San Francisco premiere in this recital appearance. The piece, which is not yet completed, will be performed by Mutter at a later date.
Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall, Grove & Van Ness, S.F. There's a pre-concert lecture by Robert Greenberg at 4:30. Tickets are $15-57; call 864-6000.