The San Francisco Symphony

Monday at 1 p.m.
  • Hosted by Rick Malone

Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra's artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects, carry its impact throughout American musical life. -- "At a time when America's major orchestras are struggling to define their missions and maintain audiences, the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas is an exception. " -The New York Times

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Bill Swerbenski / San Francisco Symphony

Airs Friday, August 14, 2020, at 12 noon. Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life. In this concert the orchestra presents Alban Berg's Seven Early Songs featuring soprano Susanna Phillips followed by Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Bill Swerbenski / San Francisco Symphony

Airs Friday, August 7, 2020, at 12 noon. Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life. In this concert the orchestra presents "From the Diary of Anne Frank*" by Michael Tilson Thomas with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard followed by Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica.”

San Francisco Symphony On Stage
Stefan Cohen / San Francisco Symphony

Airs Friday, July 31, 2020, at 12 noon. Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life. In this concert the orchestra presents Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in D major.

San Francisco Symphony
Stefan Cohen / San Francisco Symphony

Airs Friday, July 25, 2020, at 12 noon. Since its beginning in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony has been known for innovative programs that offer a spectrum of traditional repertory and new music. Today, the Orchestra’s artistic vitality, recordings, and groundbreaking multimedia educational projects carry its impact throughout American musical life. In this first concert the orchestra presents two works by Igor Stravinsky with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra along with narrator by Leslie Caron, tenor Nicholas Phan, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, an the Pacific Boychoir in Stravinsky's Perséphone and The Firebird.

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Stefan Cohen / SFS

Airs Monday, August 26, 2019, at 1 p.m. Michael Tilson Thomas leads the Symphony, the women of the symphony chorus, the Pacific Boys Choir, and Sasha Cooke in Gustav Mahler's broadest and most luxurious canvas; his Symphony No. 3 in D minor.
 

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Stefan Cohen / SFS

Airs Monday, August 19, 2019, at 1 p.m. Pianist Daniil Trifonov joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for the fiendishly difficult Rachmaninoff 3. Also performed are two of Jean Sibelius's final works that redefined what a symphony could be.

Program:
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 6, Op. 104
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Aaron Copland: Quiet City

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Stefan Cohen / SFS

Airs Monday, August 5, 2019, at 1 p.m. Pianist Behzod Abduraimov joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a musical chess match by Sergei Prokofiev. Also featured is a world premiere by the symphony's former composer in residence, Charles Wuorinen, and Aaron Copland's voice of the people.

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Stefan Cohen / SFS

Airs Monday, July 29, 2019, at 1 p.m. This week Emanual Ax performs two piano concertos by Mozart and Schoenberg. Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in these works and works by Strauus and Beethoven.

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Stefan Cohen / SFS

Airs Monday, July 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. Soprano Isabel Leonard Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for some of the happiest music that Mozart and Mahler ever wrote. They also perform dance music that Mozart dashed off in less than an hour.

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Stefan Cohen / SFS

Airs Monday, July 15, 2019, at 1 p.m.Michael Tilson Thomas leads the Symphony, Symphony Chorus, and soloists in three different musical versions of the American experience, from Charles Ives, George Gershwin, and Antonin Dvorak.

Charles Ives: Psalm 90
Antonin Dvorak: The American Flag, Op. 102

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