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Esa-Pekka Salonen is coming back to California to head up the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy Andrew Eccles)

Esa-Pekka Salonen named San Francisco Symphony director

The San Francisco Symphony’s next music director, its 12th in 107 years,…

 

San Francisco Symphony’s Michael Tilson Thomas is among many Bay Area arts leaders stepping down in the not-too-distant future. (Courtesy Art Streiber)

Bay Area arts organizations see changes at the top

After years, sometimes decades, of steady leadership, major Bay Area arts organizations…

 

From left, in foreground, Sean Lee, Michelle Ross, Doori Na, Kristin Lee, Hannah Tarley,  Itzhak Perlman and Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony play at the 2018-19 season's opening concert in Davies Hall. (Courtesy Drew Altizer)

Violin greats join SF Symphony for 2018 gala

When maestro Michael Tilson Thomas announced “quite a lineup of fiddle players”…

 

Stanislav Trofimov sings the title role in San Francisco Symphony’s “Boris Godunov.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver)

Orchestra rings, drama static in SF Symphony’s ‘Boris Godunov’

With booming voices and plentiful political peril, the San Francisco Symphony’s “Boris…

Stanislav Trofimov sings the title role in San Francisco Symphony’s “Boris Godunov.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver)
San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Ravel’s opera “L’Enfant et les sortilèges” (“The Child and the Magic Spells”) in a youth-focused concert in June 2019. (Courtesy Jean-Pierre-Maurin)

SF Symphony 2018-19 season crosses boundaries, mixes genres

As the San Francisco Symphony announced its 2018-19 season today, the influence…

San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged production of Ravel’s opera “L’Enfant et les sortilèges” (“The Child and the Magic Spells”) in a youth-focused concert in June 2019. (Courtesy Jean-Pierre-Maurin)
Andrew Stenson sings the title role and Meghan Picerno is Cunegonde in San Francisco Symphony's "Candide." (Courtesy Kristin Loken)

Best of all possible worlds in SF Symphony’s ‘Candide’

Someone in the audience at Thursday night’s San Francisco Symphony performance of…

Andrew Stenson sings the title role and Meghan Picerno is Cunegonde in San Francisco Symphony's "Candide." (Courtesy Kristin Loken)
What Blake Shelton is enjoying most about being named People's Sexiest Man Alive is beating out Adam Levine, his fellow judge on "The Voice." (Courtesy photo)

Blake Shelton named People’s 2017 Sexiest Man Alive

Country singer Blake Shelton, named by People magazine as 2017’s Sexiest Man…

What Blake Shelton is enjoying most about being named People's Sexiest Man Alive is beating out Adam Levine, his fellow judge on "The Voice." (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson announced  that he'll be leaving the job after his 25th season with the orchestra. (Courtesy Art Streiber/ San Francisco Symphony)

MTT announces retirement from SF Symphony

On Tuesday, San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announced that…

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson announced  that he'll be leaving the job after his 25th season with the orchestra. (Courtesy Art Streiber/ San Francisco Symphony)
Leonard Bernstein, left, and Michael Tilson Thomas appear at the premiere of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles.” (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)

SF Symphony celebrates Bernstein centennial

The San Francisco Symphony is observing the late Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday…

Leonard Bernstein, left, and Michael Tilson Thomas appear at the premiere of Bernstein’s “Arias and Barcarolles.” (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)
Cello great Yo-Yo Ma, center, helped San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra open the 2017-18 season with a bang. (Courtesy Devlin Shand/Drew Altizer Photography)

Yo-Yo Ma joins MTT, SF Symphony at festive 2017 gala

On Thursday at Davies Symphony Hall at the gala opening of San…

Cello great Yo-Yo Ma, center, helped San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra open the 2017-18 season with a bang. (Courtesy Devlin Shand/Drew Altizer Photography)
San Francisco Symphony closes its 2016-17 season with performances of Berlioz’s groundbreaking “Roméo et Juliette.”  (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)

SF Symphony’s Berlioz ‘Roméo et Juliette’ c’est magnifique

When Hector Berlioz set out to write “Roméo et Juliette,” he vowed…

San Francisco Symphony closes its 2016-17 season with performances of Berlioz’s groundbreaking “Roméo et Juliette.”  (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)
Michael Tilson Thomas led an insightful performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on Sunday. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)

SF Symphony rocks Beethoven’s Fifth with vivid MTT commentary

Throughout the beginning of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the piccolo and trombone players…

Michael Tilson Thomas led an insightful performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on Sunday. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)
Alexandra Silber and Kelsey Grammer perform songs from “My Fair Lady” at the San Francisco Symphony’s 2015 opening gala concert. (Courtesy Moanalani Jeffrey Photography)

Festival, show tunes ring in S.F. Symphony’s 2015-16 season

Stars and show tunes sparkled in Davies Symphony Hall on opening night…

Alexandra Silber and Kelsey Grammer perform songs from “My Fair Lady” at the San Francisco Symphony’s 2015 opening gala concert. (Courtesy Moanalani Jeffrey Photography)
COURTESY STEFAN COHENSan Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin calls Beethoven’s “Missa solumis” “deeply gratifying.”

S.F. Symphony big on Beethoven

Beethoven is everywhere, all the time, but the San Francisco Symphony festival…

COURTESY STEFAN COHENSan Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin calls Beethoven’s “Missa solumis” “deeply gratifying.”
COURTESY  ART STREIBERSan Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announced the 2015-16 season

S.F. Symphony’s 104th season showcases Schumann, Sibelius

San Francisco Symphony’s 104th season announced today promises more than 200 concerts…

COURTESY  ART STREIBERSan Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas announced the 2015-16 season

MTT, Raitt, Wang spiritedly open S.F. Symphony season

Michael Tilson Thomas has won 11 Grammys, earned a National Medal of…

courtesy photoPianist Yuja Wang and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and four other pianists will celebrate the conductor's birthday with a concert featuring a six-piano work by Liszt.

SF Symphony season marks Michael Tilson Thomas’ 20th anniversary

San Francisco Symphony's 103rd season, announced on Monday, highlights the 20th anniversary…

courtesy photoPianist Yuja Wang and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and four other pianists will celebrate the conductor's birthday with a concert featuring a six-piano work by Liszt.
courtesy photoComposer Mason Bates’ works are paired with Beethoven in two San Francisco Symphony programs this month.

Mason Bates plays electronica with the S.F. Symphony

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas has a reputation for…

courtesy photoComposer Mason Bates’ works are paired with Beethoven in two San Francisco Symphony programs this month.
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SF Symphony celebrates Gordon Getty’s 80th birthday

Oil billionaire J. Paul Getty once said: “If you can actually count…

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San Francisco Symphony's delightful gala opens season

I cannot compare from firsthand experience the San Francisco Symphony's 102 season-opening…

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