Program 3 features Beethoven’s late masterpiece "Missa Solemnis" — with Fabiano, soprano Laura Claycomb, mezzo Sasha Cooke and bass Shenyang — and excerpts from Palestrina’s 1562 "Mass for Pope Marcellus II."
Why are two dozen of his works in the current San Francisco Symphony schedule? Read More
A highlight among San Francisco Symphony’s 2013-14 exciting season offerings, announced today, is a semi-staged production of Benjamin Britten’s majestic opera “Peter Grimes.” Conducted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the cast features four internationally acclaimed Merola-Adler program veterans, including tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role. Read More
With a memorable centennial season behind it, the San Francisco Symphony is opening its 101st year in an unprecedented fashion.Postponing its annual gala until Sept. Read More
Béla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle” is yet another modern opera filling The City’s performance halls this summer.
Directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony is presenting a semi-staged version of the challenging, rewarding work at Davies Symphony Hall this week in a program also featuring Jeremy Denk performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Read More
Celebrating its centennial season with a touch of nostalgia, the San Francisco Symphony is going back to Barbary Coast days with a special series of concerts honoring The City’s musical heritage.“Barbary Coast & Beyond: Music from the Gold Rush to the Panama-Pacific Exposition,” at Davies Symphony Hall from Thursday through Saturday, covers the Wild West period in the 1850s (before paved roads or indoor plumbing) through the 1915 fair, which announced to the world that San Francis Read More
For those who attended, San Francisco Symphony’s 1996 American Mavericks Festival was remarkable and memorable — particularly how one concert featuring members of the Grateful Dead playing works by Henry Cowell, Edgar Varese, Steve Reich and Lou Harrison reached an audience of Deadheads and veteran symphony subscription holders. Read More
Lou Harrison, one of the most adventurous composers of the 20th century – itself a pioneering era in music – was an inimitably colorful figure on the local scene. Read More
San Francisco Symphony opened its 100th season (101 minus the canceled season in 1935) in Davies Symphony Hall on Wednesday at splendid, festive event, but with some music that didn’t quite live up to the occasion.It was only in the program’s closing work and encore that the orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas — beginning his 17th season as music director — was heard in all its splendor. 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