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
In a special Bay Area musical event, the hallowed 130-year-old Boston Symphony Orchestra is visiting its younger West Coast colleague, the 100-year-old San Francisco Symphony, this week.
For the first time in 15 years, the Boston Symphony performs in The City, the first stop on a West Coast tour that also includes Santa Barbara, Palm Desert and Los Angeles. Read More
San Francisco Symphony, which turns 100 on Dec. 8, is giving The City a birthday gift of a brilliant season of great music and famous artists. As it looks back on a century, the orchestra heads into the future with cutting-edge programming and in the vanguard of technology.“In marking the orchestra’s first hundred years,” says SFS President John D. Goldman, “this season is the moment to define what this orchestra will be for its next hundred.” 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
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
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