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SFCM Orchestra


Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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$20 General Admission / $15 Seniors and Conservatory members

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Linda Catlin Smith

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Jung-eun Kim '20, piano


Dimitri Shostakovitch
Symphony No. 5


SFCM Orchestra
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Jung-eun Kim '20, piano

Artist Profiles

American conductor Edwin Outwater is equally adept at interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and connecting audiences with repertoire beyond the mainstream. Mr. Outwater has recently created and conducted original and innovative programs in collaboration with artists such as Renée Fleming, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as organizations including the Chicago Symphony, the Kennedy Center, and the San Francisco Symphony.

From 2006-2017, Mr. Outwater was Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and was named the orchestra’s Music Director Laureate. As Music Director he revitalized the orchestra with recordings, tours, and groundbreaking collaborations with myriad artists, scientists, chefs, and musicians across all genres. From 2014-2017 he was Director of Summer Concerts of the San Francisco Symphony and helped launch their innovative SoundBox series.

Mr. Outwater has conducted the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as symphony orchestras including Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New World, and Seattle. In Canada, he has led the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and many others.  International appearances include the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Kyoto Symphony, BBCNOW, the Brussels Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, and the Mexico City Philharmonic.  

A native of Santa Monica, California, Edwin Outwater graduated cum laude in English literature from Harvard University, where he was music director of the Bach Society Orchestra and the a cappella group Harvard Din and Tonics, and wrote the music for the 145th annual production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He received his master’s in conducting from UC Santa Barbara, where he studied with Heiichiro Ohyama and Paul Polivnick, besides studying music theory and composition with John Stewart, Joel Feigin, and Leonard Stein.