The San Francisco Symphony opens the 2011 portion of its 99th season with great music in a collaboration with a world-famous French pianist and the debut of a rapidly emerging young Ukrainian conductor.Kirill Karabits conducts the local premiere of “Elegie” by his countryman Valentin Silvestrov. The program also includes Rachmaninoff’s 1940 Symphonic Dances and Robert Schumann’s 1845 Piano Concerto in A Minor, with Hélene Grimaud as the soloist. Read More
San Francisco Symphony, born over the ashes of the Great Quake of 1906, has a distinguished past, a robust present and a promising future – all of which will be in play as the orchestra prepares for its 2011-12 centennial season.Preliminary plans were announced in Davies Symphony Hall today by Executive Director Brent Assink, while Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas tried to participate, but was barely audible, suffering from a sore throat. Read More
Davies Symphony Hall is all dressed up for the month of December, and the San Francisco Symphony will be putting on the glitz for its annual array of holiday concerts, parties and special events.
“Holidays with the Symphony,” running through Dec. 31, offers a “something for everyone” lineup, from Christmas carols to contemporary classics, children’s events and masquerade balls.
The series begins with “El Nino (Dec. 2-4.) Read More
A decades-long affiliate of the San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley resident John Adams, 63, is known around the world. Among living composers, his works are the most frequently performed.The Pulitzer Prize winner’s operas, including “Nixon in China” and “Doctor Atomic,” are in the repertory of opera companies everywhere. Read More
October features an unusually rich influx of visiting artists to Davies Hall. San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink enumerates only the guest conductors.
“We welcome back two old friends: Semyon Bychkov, making his 10th appearance with us, and James Conlon, who first conducted the orchestra in 1978. Read More
San Francisco Symphony’s 99th Season Opening Gala: Patrons of the arts celebrated the orchestra’s opening Tuesday evening at Davies Symphony Hall and surroundings. Patrons and Symphonix dinners preceded the concert, led by Michael Tilson Thomas and featuring soprano Jessye Norman and the Symphony Chorus directed by Ragnar Bohlin. Post-performance festivities took place in City Hall and the Tent Pavilion. Read More
Just six years after the Great Quake ravaged The City, the San Francisco Symphony was born. Led by Henry Hadley, 60 musicians played music by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Liszt in the Cort Theater at 64 Ellis St.
The concert was in December 1911; a big centennial celebration is assured for the orchestra’s 2011-2012 season.
But what about the upcoming season, which lacks a round number and the popular interest a century mark commands? Read More
Tonight, at the San Francisco Symphony’s Bon Voyage Concert in Davies Hall, the program includes something familiar to local audiences: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.Michael Tilson Thomas has conducted this great, dramatic work a number of times, most memorably at a sizzling performance in 1998. Read More
Like many young opera singers at the start of their careers, Alyson Cambridge has built a reputation singing roles by Puccini and Mozart. But she has a special place in her heart for “Porgy and Bess.”
She has sung the role of Clara in George Gershwin’s great American masterpiece at Washington National Opera, Michigan Opera Theater and Los Angeles Opera. Read More