San Francisco Symphony

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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
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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
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Airs Monday, August 12, 2019, at 1 p.m. Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in one of Gustav Mahler's grandest musical universes and a very personal musical statement by Alban Berg with violin soloist Gil Shaham.

Alban Berg: Violin Concerto
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
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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
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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
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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

San Francisco Symphony On Stage
Stefan Cohen / San Francisco Symphony

Airs Monday, July 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in a work that helped bribe Béla Bartók off his death bed. Also featured is ballet music by John Cage that mystified and outraged both music and dance communities. The symphony's principle tuba player Jeffrey Anderson performs in a North American premiere of a concerto based on an ancient legend.

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
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Airs Monday, June 24, 2019, at 1 p.m. In this week's episode, violinist Leila Josefowicz joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the symphony for a new concerto based on an ancient story but with a contemporary sensibility. Also featured will be music from an epic Shakespearean ballet that won Michael Tilson Thomas and the symphony their first Grammy award together.

Musical Content:
John Adams: Scheherazade 2
Sergei Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet, Opus 64
Maurice Ravel: La Valse

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