The San Francisco Symphony’s centennial season, opening this week, is an important story in itself, but there is more to it than another celebration focused on the number 100.
Click on the photo at right to see more on the history of the San Francisco Symphony.Going back to the orchestra’s first concert, on Dec. 8, 1911, there is the utter devastation of The City just five years before. Read More
Here’s a closer look at some of the world-class musicians of the San Francisco Symphony. Read More
The San Francisco Symphony’s seasons usually feature dozens of visiting artists. For the centennial season, they will number in the hundreds.Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has invited six of the nation’s oldest and most prominent orchestras, about 600 musicians in all, in addition to the participation of world-renowned conductors and soloists. Read More
For 11 years, the question Michael Tilson Thomas has heard most often about programming has been, “When is American Mavericks coming back, when are you going to do it again?” Read More
Centennial players In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history. Melissa Kleinbart, violin Read More
The San Francisco Symphony began its 100th season Wednesday in Davies Symphony Hall with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a program of works by Copland, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Britten, featuring guest soloists Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang.
Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of the Centennial Season Opening Gala. Read More
Centennial Players In honor of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th season, The Examiner is showcasing contributors to the orchestra’s distinguished history.
Alexander Barantschik, concertmaster Read More
WHO’S IN TOWN Violin great Itzhak Perlman — along with pianist Lang Lang — are the special guests as the San Francisco Symphony opens its 100th season with a concert and gala festivities. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.] Lectures Retirement living: Speakers provide the facts about the costs of retirement living options. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Jonathan Vinocour, viola
Appointed to first chair in 2009, he succeeded Geraldine Walther, who held the position for three decades. The 32-year-old principal violist’s impressive résumé includes being principal violist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and guest principal of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. Read More
While there is no official dress code for the San Francisco Symphony, you might see some of these glamour gowns on the red carpet Wednesday at the San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala, which celebrates its 100th season this fall. Lengthy, train-trailing dresses will shimmer and shimmy alongside higher cocktail hemlines as SF society steps out for one of the most anticipated nights of the year.Click on the picture for a photo gallery of gowns. Read More