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Announcing the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music

<b>Announcing the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music</b>&nbsp;<b>A Two-Week Statewide Festival Celebrating the Most Innovative and Compelling Music Composed&nbsp;Around the World in the Last Five Years</b><br /> <br /> <b>Music Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony Join Forces to Conceive of Sweeping Program</b>

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN FOUR PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHTING THE PIANO AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, FEBRUARY 17–MARCH 2, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS LUNAR NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE RABBIT, FEBRUARY 5, 2023 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Press releases

Jan 12, 2023

HERBERT BLOMSTEDT CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, FEBRUARY 9–10 AND 12, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

The program includes Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and the San Francisco Symphony premiere of Jan Václav Voříšek’s Symphony in D major  

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Jan 11, 2023

EDWIN OUTWATER CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PREMIERE OF GABRIEL KAHANE’S EMERGENCY SHELTER INTAKE FORM, A SONG CYCLE EXPLORING INEQUALITY THROUGH THE LENS OF HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS, FEBRUARY 2 & 3 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

emergency shelter intake form features mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran; vocalists Gabriel Kahane, Kristen Toedtman, and Holcombe Waller as the Chorus of Inconvenient Statistics; and a chorus made up of community members from Community Music Center and Skywatchers

The program opens with George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F featuring soloist Conrad Tao in his SF Symphony Orchestral Series Debut 

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Jan 10, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER CLAIRE CHASE PERFORMS MARCOS BALTER’S PAN FOR SOLO FLUTE, LIVE ELECTRONICS, AND MASS COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, FEBRUARY 24 IN SYMPHONY’S SOUNDBOX SPACE 

The program opens with Balter’s Alone for flute and wine glasses 

Tickets are $40 and available for purchase now at sfsymphony.org/pan 

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Dec 28, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JANUARY 26–28 AND MARCH 30–APRIL 1, 2023

January 26–28 concerts include Claude Debussy’s Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune, Olivier Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine, Claude Debussy’s Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra, and Heitor Villa-Lobos' Chôros No. 10, featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, ondes Martenot player Cynthia Millar, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus

March 30–April 1 concerts feature Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 

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Dec 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER AND COMPOSER NICHOLAS BRITELL WILL BE JOINED BY ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR BARRY JENKINS AS CO-CURATOR TO SOUNDBOX PERFORMANCES, APRIL 14–15

Performances will feature Britell and Jenkins discussing the films on which they’ve collaborated (including If Beale Street Could Talk and Moonlight) together with performances of Britell’s music by members of the San Francisco Symphony

Tickets are $200 and are on sale now at sfsymphony.org/soundbox  

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Dec 15, 2022

GUEST CONDUCTORS ELIM CHAN AND ROBIN TICCIATI MAKE THEIR SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL SERIES DEBUTS IN TWO PROGRAMS, JANUARY 12–22, 2023, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 

January 12–14 Elim Chan conducts the world premiere of a new work by Elizabeth Ogonek, Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with violinist James Ehnes, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 

January 20–22 Robin Ticciati conducts the San Francisco Symphony premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 featuring soprano Ying Fang  

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Dec 8, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SHENSON SPOTLIGHT SERIES HIGHLIGHTS ASCENDANT ARTISTS THROUGH FOUR DEBUT RECITALS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JANUARY–MAY 2023
 

January 18, cellist Sterling Elliott is joined by pianist Elliot Wuu for a program of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 and Felix Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major

January 31, violinist Johan Dalene and pianist Giorgi Gigashvili perform Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, and Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata in G major 

March 22, pianist Alexander Malofeev presents a solo recital performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Opus 27, no.2, Moonlight; Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Sonata No. 4; and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2

May 10, violinist Bomsori is joined by pianist Julia Okruashvili for a program including Henryk Wieniawski’s Polonaise de concert, Opus 4; Claude Debussy’s Sonata in G minor; Karol Szymanowski’s Nocturne and Tarantella, Opus 28;  Selections from Jean Sibelius’s Six Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 79; and Henryk Wieniawski’s Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust, Opus 20

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Nov 28, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022–23 MUSIC FOR FAMILIES SERIES KICKS OFF DECEMBER 3 WITH “AUDIOBOOK! MUSIC INSPIRED BY STORIES” CONDUCTED BY RESIDENT CONDUCTOR OF ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER 

 

The series continues with “Discovering Beethoven’s Fifth” with Daniel Stewart and the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra on March 18 and “MADSADGLAD” with Barthlomew-Poyser on May 6; Teen Night returns for the second season, February 11 

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Nov 8, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2022-23 SEASON  

 

Wattis Foundation Music Director Daniel Stewart conducts the ensemble in five concerts throughout the season, culminating in celebratory 40th Anniversary Concert on May 21 

November 20 season-opening concert includes José González Granero’s Matsuri Overture, Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade 

Other 2022-23 SFSYO performances include the ensemble’s annual Peter and the Wolf performance, this year with narrator W. Kamau Bell (December 11); a Music for Families program, “Discovering Beethoven’s Fifth,” (March 18); and a performance of works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring SFSYO Concerto Competition winner Eunseo Oh (March 8) 

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Nov 2, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THIRD ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT
 

This year’s competition looks to further identify and promote inventive Black musicians, of any music genre, under age 35; applications are due by February 1, 2023 

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Nov 2, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022 HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON, DECEMBER 4—31, 2022, FEATURES AN ARRAY OF FESTIVE PROGRAMS
 

SF Symphony holiday concert season includes five returning favorites: Deck the Hall with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser (December 4); The Colors of Christmas with Oleta Adams, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley (December 6–7); Cool Yule Christmas featuring Tony DeSare and Capathia Jenkins (December 13); Holiday Gaiety, co-emceed by Peaches Christ and conductor Edwin Outwater (December 15); and A Merry-Achi Christmas with Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández (December 23)

Harry Connick, Jr. and his Band bring holiday tour to Davies Symphony Hall (December 24)

Seth MacFarlane rings in the New Year with the San Francisco Symphony (December 31)

The SF Symphony performs live accompaniment to iconic family-friendly holiday films How the Grinch Stole Christmas (December 16–17) and Elf (December 21–22)

Conductor Masaaki Suzuki leads SF Symphony, Chorus, and vocal soloists in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah (December 9
10) and Symphony’s popular Holiday Brass program returns (December 20) 

The SF Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with guest narrator W. Kamau Bell (December 11)


Tickets for holiday concerts available now at sfsymphony.org/holiday

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Oct 26, 2022


XIAN ZHANG CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, DECEMBER 1–3, 2022, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 
 

The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and two works new to the San Francisco Symphony: Michael Abels’ Emerge and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade 

 

High-resolution images of the San Francisco Symphony and guest artist headshots are available for download from the Online Photo Library

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Oct 19, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CONCERT EVENT, LOBBY ART, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, AND ¡FIESTA! DINNER EXPERIENCE, NOVEMBER 5 

 

Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the San Francisco Symphony in music by Evencio Castellanos Yumar, Arturo Márquez, José Pablo Moncayo García, Gabriela Ortiz, and Silvestre Revueltas; trumpet player Pacho Flores is soloist in Arturo Márquez’ Concierto de Otoño; with performances by Casa Círculo Cultural and Canción de Obsidiana 

Local artists, community groups, and Latin American cultural partners join the SF Symphony to celebrate Día de los Muertos through lobby art installations and pre-concert activities 

¡Fiesta! Día de los Muertos dinner packages include post-concert reception, seated dinner, and online auction plus premium concert seating 

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Oct 13, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS RETURNS TO CONDUCT THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, NOVEMBER 11–19, 2022, AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 

November 11-13 concerts feature United States premiere of Danny Elfman’s Cello Concerto performed by Gautier Capuçon, alongside Igor Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings 

November 17-19 concerts include an all-Johannes Brahms program of Serenade No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Emanuel Ax 

 

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Oct 7, 2022

Concert date change: San Francisco Symphony’s Lunar New Year concert to take place Sunday, February 5, 2023 

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Oct 4, 2022

JURAJ VALČUHA CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, NOVEMBER 3, 4 & 6, 2022

Program includes the SF Symphony premiere of Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist Behzod Abduraimov

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Sep 29, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS THREE HALLOWEEN-INSPIRED PROGRAMS, OCTOBER 20–29, 2022 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

October 20–22, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads a program including Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain; Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique; and Franz Liszt’s Totentanz, featuring pianist Bertrand Chamayou in his Orchestral Series debut
 
October 27–29, Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Orchestra in HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, featuring baritone Christopher Purves in his Orchestral Series debut; Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from Psycho; and Béla Bartók’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

October 25, Sarah Hicks conducts a performance of Disney’s Hocus Pocus—Film with Live Orchestra

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Sep 21, 2022

MATTHEW SPIVEY NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

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Sep 16, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022–23 GREAT PERFORMERS SERIES INCLUDES TEN PERFORMANCES FEATURING WORLD-CLASS SOLOISTS AND VISITING ORCHESTRAS

Great Performers Series features pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Daniil Trifonov; violinists Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, and Itzhak Perlman; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason; and the Israel Philharmonic with conductor Lahav Shani

SF Symphony 2022–23 Artist-in-Residence Pianist Igor Levit performs a solo recital on June 27 as part of his residency

Pianist Yuja Wang joins Esa-Pekka Salonen and the SF Symphony in performances preceding the Orchestra’s European tour, March 1 & 2

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Sep 15, 2022

HARRY CONNICK, JR. AND SETH MACFARLANE JOIN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONy’S 2022 HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON, DECEMBER 4–31
 
Harry Connick, Jr. and his Band bring holiday tour to Davies Symphony Hall, December 24
 
Seth MacFarlane rings in the New Year with the San Francisco Symphony, December 31

Tickets for Harry Connick, Jr. and New Year’s Eve with Seth MacFarlane are on sale now at sfsymphony.org

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Sep 13, 2022

JOHN WILLIAMS AND ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER JOIN THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN A PROGRAM OF WILLIAMS’ CONCERT AND FILM MUSIC, FEBRUARY 14, 2023
 
Program features Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2, written expressly for Mutter, and a selection of Williams’ beloved film music

One-night-only concert marks Williams’ first performance with San Francisco Symphony in nearly 10 years

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 16, at 4pm (PT) at sfsymphony.org

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Sep 2, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN FOUR PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, SEPTEMBER 24–OCTOBER 15, 2022

September 24 concert includes the SF Symphony premiere of Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 performed by violinist Randall Goosby in his SF Symphony Orchestral Series debut, Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to The Impresario

 
September 29–October 2 concerts include the world premiere of Push by the inaugural winner of the Emerging Black Composers Project, Trevor Weston, and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, featuring the SF Symphony Chorus, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and soprano Golda Schultz in her SF Symphony debut 

October 7–9 concerts include the U.S. premiere of Sun Poem by Daniel Kidane, co-commissioned by the SF Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and Jean Sibelius’ Luonnotar featuring soprano Golda Schultz

October 13–15 concerts feature pianist Yuja Wang performing the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s SF Symphony-commissioned Piano Concerto No. 3, Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture, and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

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Aug 31, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2022–23 FILM SERIES KICKS OFF WITH SCREENINGS OF STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, SEPTEMBER 16 & 17, PERFORMED LIVE TO PICTURE
 
HOLIDAY FILM PROGRAMS INCLUDE RON HOWARD’S HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS AND JON FAVREAU’S ELF

2022–23 SEASON FILM PROGRAMMING ALSO INCLUDES DISNEY’S HOCUS POCUS, DISNEY’S FANTASIA, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S THE GODFATHER, STEVEN SPIELBERG’S JURASSIC PARK, AND MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER

Tickets for all performances on sale now at sfsymphony.org

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Aug 18, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH FIESTAS PATRIAS CONCERT, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

Concert features Ballet Folklórico de los Ángeles, Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, and singer-songwriter Lupita Infante with conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez and the San Francisco Symphony

Tickets for Fiestas Patrias, priced $25 to $109, can be purchased at sfsymphony.org

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Aug 9, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPEN 2022–23 SEASON WITH TWO PERFORMANCES AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL FEATURING AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, SEPTEMBER 22 & SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

Program for Opening Night Gala and All San Francisco concerts features Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream interspersed with scenes from William Shakespeare’s play

Opening Night Gala concert on September 23 is preceded by a red-carpet welcome and followed by an outdoor after-party for all ticketholders
 
Opening Night Gala Dinner Packages offer an enhanced experience and are available for purchase via sfsymphony.org/gala; proceeds from the event benefit the SF Symphony’s artistic, education, and community programs

All San Francisco Concert on September 22 welcomes and pays tribute to impactful community groups and nonprofit organizations across the Bay Area

Visit sfsymphony.org/safety for updated health and safety protocols for the San Francisco Symphony’s 2022–23 season

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Jul 14, 2022

SINGLE TICKETS FOR ALL SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 2022–23 SEASON CONCERTS ON SALE SATURDAY JULY 16, VIA THE BOX OFFICE STARTING AT 10AM AND ONLINE & BY PHONE AT 12PM

New program details announced for Opening Night Gala and All San Francisco concert

 
Added concert on September 15 celebrates Fiesta Patrias and Hispanic Heritage Month
 
Added holiday programming includes The Colors of Christmas, Cool Yule Christmas, Holiday Gaiety, How the Grinch Stole Christmas—Film with Live Orchestra, Holiday Brass, Elf—Film with Live Orchestra, and A Merry-Achi Christmas

Single tickets for all 2022–23 concerts can be purchased online starting July 16 at 12pm via sfsymphony.org

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Jul 13, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW MUSICIANS JOINING THE ORCHESTRA IN THE 2022–23 SEASON

New musicians include Principal Cellist Rainer Eudeikis, violists Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss and Leonid Plashinov-Johnson, and Associate Principal & E-flat Clarinet Matthew Griffith

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Jun 28, 2022

JENS IBSEN SELECTED AS WINNER OF SECOND ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT PRIZE

Ibsen will receive a $15,000 commission and mentorship, and his piece will premiere with the San Francisco Symphony during the 2023–24 season

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Jun 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONTRABASSOON STEVEN BRAUNSTEIN RETIRES AT END OF 202122 SEASON

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May 18, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCLUDE THE 2021–22 SEASON WITH TWO PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JUNE 16–25, 2022

June 16–19 concerts include Luciano Berio’s transcription of Luigi Boccherini’s Four Original Versions of Ritirata notturna di Madrid; Jessie Montgomery’s Strum for String Orchestra; Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome; and Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (June 16 & 17) and Piano Concerto No. 3 (June 18 & 19) featuring pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard

June 23–25 concerts feature SF Symphony premieres of Steven Stucky’s Radical Light and John Adams’ Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, performed by pianist Víkingur Ólafsson in his Orchestral Series debut, as well as Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5

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May 17, 2022

EUN SUN KIM CONDUCTS THE NATIONAL BRASS ENSEMBLE AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JUNE 20, 2022
 
National Brass Ensemble is composed of musicians from top orchestras across the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony

Performance features world premieres of new works by Jonathan Bingham and Arturo Sandoval, Richard Strauss’s Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, and a new compilation arrangement of music from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle by SF Symphony Principal Trombone Timothy Higgins

Tickets on sale now at sfsymphony.org/NBE

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May 12, 2022

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, DIRECTOR PETER SELLARS, AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENT NEW STAGED PRODUCTION OF IGOR STRAVINSKY’S OEDIPUS REX AND SYMPHONY OF PSALMS, JUNE 10–12, 2022

Oedipus rex features tenor Sean Panikkar (Oedipus rex); mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges (Jocasta), bass-baritone Sir Willard White (Creon/Messenger/Tiresias), tenor Jose Simerilla Romero (Shepherd), actor Breezy Leigh (Antigone), dancer Laurel Jenkins, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus
 
Performances mark first collaboration in new four-year partnership with acclaimed director Peter Sellars

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May 10, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN RELEASE STRAVINSKY: THE SOLDIER’S TALE, A NEW HOUR-LONG THEATRICAL CONCERT FILM, AVAILABLE ON SFSYMPHONY+ BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2022
 
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale was conceived and directed by acclaimed British director, designer, and video artist Netia Jones, as a new work of digital music theater

The Soldier’s Tale is conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and features seven San Francisco Symphony musicians, actor Bruce Davison, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancer Adji Cissoko

ALL SFSYMPHONY+ CONTENTISAVAILABLE FOR FREE VIASFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORGORVIA SFSYMPHONY+ APP

Press interested in an advance copy of Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale can email [email protected]  

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May 10, 2022

CONDUCTOR BERNARD LABADIE REPLACES TON KOOPMAN IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY 20–22

Labadie leads the Orchestra in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, Serenata notturna and Symphony No. 36,Linz, and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, which replaces Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 

Due to difficulties with his visa for entry into the United States, conductor Ton Koopman regretfully withdraws from this program

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Apr 21, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SUMMER SEASON WITH CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES AT FROST AMPHITHEATER, SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, AND SIGMUND STERN GROVE, JUNE 29–AUGUST 7, 2022  

Conductors Paolo Bortolameolli, Ludovic Morlot, and Erina Yashima lead classical programs at Davies Symphony Hall with performances by pianist Inon Barnatan, cellist Johannes Moser, and string trio Time for Three 

Teddy Abrams conducts Mason Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra 

Special guest performances by actress and singer Jessica Vosk in Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration; singer Isabel Marie Sánchez in a program dedicated to the music of Selena; the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in Final Words; Broadway sensation Bernadette Peters; The Airborne Toxic Event; and Pink Martini 

Summer film concerts include The Matrix Live, Pixar in Concert, and The Goonies 

Edwin Outwater conducts the San Francisco Symphony in the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular at Shoreline Amphitheatre 

San Francisco Symphony performs four Friday night concerts at Frost Amphitheater, presented by Stanford Live, July 8–29 

San Francisco Symphony performs a free concert at Sigmund Stern Grove with Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser conducting, July 31 

Tickets on sale now for The Matrix Live—Film with Live Orchestra, Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration, Final Words: SF Gay Men’s Chorus & the SF Symphony, and The Airborne Toxic Event, and all concerts at Frost Amphitheater 

Tickets for all other summer concerts on sale April 29 at 10am via sfsymphony.org/summer 

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Apr 18, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER JULIA BULLOCK BRINGS HISTORY’S PERSISTENT VOICE TO DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL FOR A ONE-NIGHT-ONLY PERFORMANCE WITH MEMBERS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, MAY 17, 2022

History’s Persistent Voice is conducted by Christian Reif and features video installations by artist Hana S. Kim

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Apr 7, 2022

GUEST CONDUCTORS KARINA CANELLAKIS, TON KOOPMAN, RUTH REINHARDT, NATHALIE STUTZMANN, AND XIAN ZHANG LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY–JUNE 2022 

May 6, 7 & 8 concerts are conducted by Xian Zhang in her Orchestral Series debut and include Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and SF Symphony premieres of Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Primal Message and Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement performed by pianist Aaron Diehl, who also makes his Orchestral Series debut 

May 13–15 concerts are conducted by Karina Canellakis and include Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote featuring cellist Alisa Weilerstein, the SF Symphony premiere of Lili Boulanger’s D’un soir triste, and Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra

May 20–22 concerts feature Ton Koopman leading the Orchestra in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, Serenata notturna and Symphony No. 36, Linz, plus the SF Symphony premiere of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 80

May 26–28 concerts are conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann in her Orchestral Series debut, featuring the SF Symphony and Chorus in Johannes Brahms’ Gesang der Parzen, Schicksalslied, and Nänie; and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6  

June 2–5 concerts are conducted by Ruth Reinhardt in her Orchestral Series debut and feature pianist Daniil Trifonov performing the West Coast premiere of Mason Bates' Piano Concerto—an SF Symphony co-commission; the SF Symphony premiere of Lotta Wennäkoski’s Helsinki Variations; and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5

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Mar 29, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN ANNOUNCE 2022–23 SEASON
 
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads 15 weeks of programming in the Bay Area and abroad in his third season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director

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Mar 10, 2022

GUEST CONDUCTORS GIANCARLO GUERRERO, GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, AND KLAUS MÄKELÄ LEAD THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN APRIL 2022 

April 7–9 concerts are conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero in his Orchestral Series debut and include the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Triathlon, Concerto for Saxophonist and Orchestra performed by saxophonist Timothy McAllister in his Orchestral Series debut; the SF Symphony premiere of Astor Piazzolla’s Sinfonía Buenos Aires featuring bandoneón player Daniel Binelli, also making his Orchestral Series debut; and SF Symphony premieres of Antonio Estévez’ Mediodía en el Llano and Adolphus Hailstork’s An American Port of Call

April 21–24 concerts feature Gustavo Dudamel conducting the SF Symphony in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Prague and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5

April 28–30 concerts are conducted by Klaus Mäkelä in his Orchestral Series debut and include the SF Symphony premiere of Jimmy López Bellido’s Perú Negro, along with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, and Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto featuring Vilde Frang

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Mar 1, 2022

BOYZ II MEN PERFORM WITH SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND CONDUCTOR EDWIN OUTWATER, APRIL 1 & 2, 2022

Tickets for Boyz II Men with the SF Symphony are on sale now at sfsymphony.org

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Feb 24, 2022

DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER LEADS TEEN NIGHT AT THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY, MARCH 26, 2022

Bay Area musician, composer, educator, and activist Kev Choice joins Bartholomew-Poyser and the Orchestra to perform his composition Movements

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Feb 24, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SPOTLIGHT SERIES HIGHLIGHTS ASCENDANT ARTISTS THROUGH FOUR DEBUT RECITALS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MARCH–JUNE 2022  

March 23, pianist Drew Petersen presents a solo recital performing Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit
, Selected Études by Frédéric Chopin, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2

April 13, violinist Randall Goosby is joined by pianist Zhu Wang for a program of Antonín Dvořák’s Sonatina for Violin and Piano, William Grant Still’s Suite for Violin and Piano, and Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3

April 20, violinist Noa Wildschut and pianist Elizabeth Brauß perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Sonata in E minor, K.304 (K300c), Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2, Joey Roukens’ Sarasvati, and Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano by Paul Schoenfield

June 1, saxophonist Steven Banks is joined by pianist Xak Bjerken for a program including Paul Creston’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Johannes Brahms’ Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no.1 (arranged for saxophone), and Banks’ own composition, Come As You Are

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Feb 7, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN THREE WEEKS OF CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, FEBRUARY 24–MARCH 12

 

February 24, 26 & 27 concerts feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus with actor Keith David as narrator and original animated projections by Hillary Leben

 

March 3–5 concerts feature Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the world premiere of Fang Man’s Song of the Flaming Phoenix (凤凰的笙音) with sheng virtuoso Wu Wei, and Alexander Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy

 

March 10–12 concerts include the SF Symphony premiere of Elizabeth Ogonek’s Sleep & Unremembrance and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Violin Concerto,
featuring Leila Josefowicz

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Feb 4, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2021–22 MUSIC FOR FAMILIES SERIES KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 19 WITH “MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD—PERCUSSION” CONDUCTED BY DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER

Music for Families continues on April 9 with “The Planets” featuring the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra conducted by Daniel Stewart and concludes on May 7 with “Superheroes” featuring Akiko Fujimoto conducting the San Francisco Symphony

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Feb 2, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY FEBRUARY 25–26 SOUNDBOX CONCERTS CURATED BY PEKKA KUUSISTO AND JESPER NORDIN CANCELED

 

Pekka Kuusisto has withdrawn from the SoundBox concert due to the serious ill health of an immediate family member; the concert will be rescheduled for a future season

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Jan 31, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASES NEW EDUCATIONAL VIDEO—MUSICAL HEROES: STORIES OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPOSERS—EXPLORING THE HISTORY, WORK, AND IMPACT OF FLORENCE PRICE, WILLIAM GRANT STILL, AND GEORGE WALKER
 
Hosted by SF Symphony Resident Conductor of Engagement and Education Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Musical Heroes is a free online resource intended for middle and high school-aged students and available to schools everywhere
 
Educational resource includes hour-long video highlighted by musical performances featuring SF Symphony musicians, along with teacher resources and classroom guides
 
View Musical Heroes: Stories of African-American Composers here

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Jan 27, 2022

CONDUCTOR PERRY SO MAKES HIS ORCHESTRAL SERIES DEBUT LEADING THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, FEBRUARY 11 & 12, 2022

 

Program features five San Francisco Symphony premieres, including works by Texu Kim, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Zhou Long, and Lou Harrison

 

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man makes her Orchestral Series Debut performing Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra

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Jan 26, 2022

SAXOPHONIST STEVEN BANKS PERFORMS SPOTLIGHT SERIES RECITAL AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JUNE 1, 2022

 

Banks replaces cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, who has had to withdraw from her recital on June 1

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Jan 21, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PRESENTS LUNAR NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE TIGER FEBRUARY 5, 2022 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Conductor Yue Bao makes her debut leading the Orchestra in traditional folk music and works by Asian composers including Huan-zhi Li, Chen Gang and He Zhanhao, Huang Ruo, Tan Dun, Texu Kim, Tyzen Hsiao, and Liu Yuan
 
Concert features soloists including violinist Bomsori and SF Symphony Assistant Principal Cello Amos Yang

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Jan 20, 2022

CONDUCTOR LAUREATE HERBERT BLOMSTEDT LEADS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, FEBRUARY 3, 4 & 6, 2022

Program includes Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

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Jan 19, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL 

Beginning Thursday, January 20, the SF Symphony will require that all patrons wear N95, KN95, or equivalent face masks while inside Davies Symphony Hall

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Jan 12, 2022

MEZZO-SOPRANO SASHA COOKE RETURNS TO DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL FOR HOW DO I FIND YOU, A PERFORMANCE OF 17 WORLD PREMIERES WRITTEN FOR HER DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, JANUARY 30, 2022

To be released as an album via Pentatone on January 28, how do I find you features new songs by Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Joel Thompson, and 13 more composers

A Roundtable discussion with seven of the project’s composers and librettists

follows the performance

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Jan 10, 2022

VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN’S JANUARY 16, 2022 GREAT PERFORMERS SERIES CONCERT AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 18, 2022

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Jan 7, 2022

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL​ IN JANUARY 2022

January 20–22 concerts include Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2 featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon

January 27–29 concerts feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and pianist Yuja Wang performing Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1

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Jan 5, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PROGRAMMING UPDATE FOR MARCH 3–5 CONCERTS WITH ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, WU WEI, AND JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET

Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy replace music from
Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Castor and Pollux and Scriabin’s Prometheus, The Poem of Fire

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Jan 4, 2022

LIGETI: PARADIGMS, A NEW SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY DIGITAL PROGRAM COMBINING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND SPATIAL AUDIO WITH THE MUSIC OF GYÖRGY LIGETI, AVAILABLE ON SFSYMPHONY+ BEGINNING JANUARY 18, 2022
 
Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, LIGETI: PARADIGMS features the SF Symphony and Chorus in performances of Lux Aeterna, Ramifications, and Clocks and Clouds
 
In partnership with media artist Refik Anadol, Dolby Laboratories, and SF Symphony Collaborative Partner Carol Reiley, LIGETI: PARADIGMS pairs imagery generated by open-sourced AI algorithms interpreting Ligeti’s source music with SF Symphony and Chorus performances
 
ALL SFSYMPHONY+ CONTENT IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE VIA SFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORG OR VIA SFSYMPHONY+ APP 

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Jan 4, 2022

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

 

Beginning February 1, 2022, San Francisco Symphony to require all eligible patrons, staff, and performers to show proof of COVID-19 booster, for entrance into Davies Symphony Hall

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Dec 28, 2021

CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, JANUARY 1315, 2022

 

Program includes the SF Symphony premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Overture in C major, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 featuring pianist Jan Lisiecki

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Dec 13, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASES DECK THE HALL AT THE DRIVE-IN ON SFSYMPHONY+, DECEMBER 20, 2021
 
Available for free on-demand viewing via sfsymphonyplus.org
 
Digital program is hosted by SF Symphony Resident Conductor of Engagement and Education Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser with performances by SF Symphony musicians and special guests

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Dec 7, 2021

THREE CONDUCTORS MAKE THEIR SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAL SERIES DEBUTS IN PROGRAM HONORING LATE OAKLAND SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR MICHAEL MORGAN, FEBRUARY 17–19, 2022

 

Conductors Earl Lee, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, and Akiko Fujimoto will lead the eclectic program, which Morgan planned and was scheduled to conduct

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Dec 6, 2021

VOCALIST SHELÉA REPLACES YOLANDA ADAMS IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S HOLIDAY SOUL PERFORMANCE, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021

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Dec 6, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT

This year’s competition looks to further identify and promote inventive Black musicians and will focus on talent under age 35; applications are due by February 14, 2022

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Dec 2, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES TWO CHANGES TO ORCHESTRA ROSTER

 

Principal Harp Douglas Rioth retires at end of 2021 calendar year

 

Associate Concertmaster Nadya Tichman continues her tenure with the San Francisco Symphony as revolving member of the 1st Violin section beginning in 202223 season

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Nov 23, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SFS MEDIA RECORDINGS NOMINATED FOR TWO 2022 GRAMMY AWARDS
 
BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM FOR ALBAN BERG: VIOLIN CONCERTO, SEVEN EARLY SONGS, & THREE PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA
 
BEST ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE FOR NICO MUHLY’S THROUGHLINE

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Nov 18, 2021

SIMONE YOUNG CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, DECEMBER 2–4, 2021

 

Concerts include Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Christian Tetzlaff

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Nov 17, 2021

ARNIE ROTH CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN DISTANT WORLDS: MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY, APRIL 15–16, 2022

 

Program features music by composer Nobuo Uematsu and others performed live while video from game series FINAL FANTASY is projected onto a large screen above the stage

Tickets on sale now at
sfsymphony.org

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Nov 15, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND WATTIS FOUNDATION MUSIC DIRECTOR DANIEL STEWART PERFORM FIVE CONCERTS IN THE 2021–22 SEASON

November 21 season-opening concert includes Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and features SFSYO Concerto Competition winner Shun Lopez performing Hristo Yotsov’s Concerto for Drum Set and Symphony Orchestra

Other 2021–22 season SFSYO performances include annual holiday performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf on December 12, a Music for Families program on April 9, and two additional concerts March 6 and May 29

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Nov 12, 2021

LUDOVIC MORLOT JOINS MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS TO CONDUCT THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY NOVEMBER 1820

 

Morlot conducts Tim Higgins’ Trombone Concerto and Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite (replacing William Grant Still’s Patterns); Tilson Thomas conducts Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

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Nov 10, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S REOPENING NIGHT CONCERT TO BE BROADCAST ON PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES, NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Reopening Night Concert conducted by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring SF Symphony Collaborative Partner singer and bassist esperanza spalding and Alonzo King LINES Ballet; recorded live on October 1, 2021 at Davies Symphony Hall

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Nov 5, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S EXPERIMENTAL SOUNDBOX SERIES RETURNS FOR AN EIGHTH SEASON

2021–22 season curated by drummer & composer Quentin E. Baxter, December 16–17; composer Jamie Man, January 14–15; violinist & SF Symphony Collaborative Partner Pekka Kuusisto and composer & developer Jesper Nordin, February 25–26; and composer Tyshawn Sorey, March 25–26

SoundBox kicks off December 16–17 with “Embarkation” curated by Quentin E. Baxter; tickets on sale now via sfsoundbox.com

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Oct 29, 2021

MUSIC DIRECTOR LAUREATE MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN TWO CONCERT PROGRAMS at davies symphony hall IN NOVEMBER 2021

November 12–14 concerts include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Three German Dances, K.509, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, Spring, and Michael Tilson Thomas’ Notturno featuring flutist Demarre McGill in his Orchestral Series debut

November 18–20 concerts feature the world premiere of SF Symphony Principal Trombone Timothy Higgins’ Trombone Concerto—an SF Symphony commission, the SF Symphony premiere of William Grant Still’s Patterns, and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring

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Oct 22, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CELEBRATES DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS WITH CONCERT EVENT, LOBBY ART, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, AND FIESTA DINNER EXPERIENCE, NOVEMBER 6 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

Concert features Enluis Montes Olivar conducting the San Francisco Symphony in music by Arturo Márquez, Astor Piazzolla, Inocente Carreño, José Pablo Moncayo García, and Carlos Chávez, plus vocalist Flor Amargo ‘La Reina del Barrio’ performing her own songs

Local artists, community groups, and Latin American cultural partners join the SF Symphony to celebrate Día de los Muertos through lobby art installations and pre-concert activities

VIP ¡FIESTA! Packages include a post-concert auction, cocktail reception, and seated dinner

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Oct 11, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY CONCERT SEASON, DECEMBER 5—31, 2021
 
Special guest performers include Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández in A Merry-Achi Christmas; Sheléa and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir in Holiday Soul; John Mauceri and Alan Cumming in The Nutcracker & The Mouse King; Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare in A Cool Yule Christmas—Holiday Favorites of Frank & Ella; and Peaches Christ, Coco Peru, Thorgy Thor, Jamie Barton, Alex Newell, Jimmie Herrod, and Fou Fou Ha! in Holiday Gaiety
 
The SF Symphony performs live accompaniment to iconic holiday films Love Actually and Home Alone
 
Traditional Christmas music performed by the SF Symphony and Chorus includes Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Brass
 
The SF Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf with guest narrator Vella Lovell
 
Darren Criss joins the San Francisco Symphony for a special New Year’s Eve Event
 
Tickets for holiday concerts available now at sfsymphony.org/holiday

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Oct 4, 2021

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CONDUCTS THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY IN FOUR CONCERT PROGRAMS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL IN OCTOBER 2021
 
October 7–9 concerts feature the U.S. Premiere of Hannah Kendall’s Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama, the San Francisco Symphony Premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Graffiti, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
 
October 14–17 concerts include Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and La Mer, the San Francisco Symphony Premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Aile du songe featuring flutist and Collaborative Partner Claire Chase, and Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques performed by pianist Jeremy Denk
 
October 21–23 concerts feature the U.S. Premiere of Collaborative Partner Bryce Dessner’s Violin Concerto, co-commissioned by the SF Symphony and performed by violinist and Collaborative Partner Pekka Kuusisto, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2
 
October 28–30 concerts feature the San Francisco Symphony Premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations, Richard Strauss’ Sonatina No. 2 in E-flat, Fröhliche Werkstatt (Happy Workshop), and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by pianist Yefim Bronfman

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Sep 21, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S SFSYMPHONY+ STREAMING SERVICE
RELEASES NEW SEASON OF FREE CONTENT BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
 
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads two signature digital projects in the 2021-22 season—LIGETI: PARADIGMS, created with media artist Refik Anadol and SF Symphony Collaborative Partner Carol Reiley, and a new staged production of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, directed by Netia Jones
 
New digital programs released today include SoundBox: Delirium, curated by Jeremy Denk; CURRENTS: Niji (Rainbow), curated by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto; and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
 
SFSymphony+ also to feature a variety of orchestral performances and chamber music with SF Symphony musicians and guest artists throughout the season
 
ALL SFSYMPHONY+ CONTENT NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE VIA SFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORG
OR VIA SFSYMPHONY+ APP

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Sep 15, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY APPOINTS DANIEL BARTHOLOMEW-POYSER AS RESIDENT CONDUCTOR OF ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION
 
KYLE DICKSON, MOLLY TURNER, AND ROSS JAMIE COLLINS JOIN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONDUCTING STAFF IN AN EXTENSION OF THEIR WORK AS SALONEN FELLOWS IN THE COLBURN SCHOOL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC’S NEGAUNEE CONDUCTING PROGRAM

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Sep 12, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S 2021–22 FILM SERIES KICKS OFF WITH SCREENINGS OF ROB REINER’S THE PRINCESS BRIDE AND RON HOWARD’S APOLLO 13, SEPTEMBER 22–23 & 24–25, PERFORMED LIVE TO PICTURE
 
Tickets for all performances on sale NOW at sfsymphony.org
 
2021–22 SEASON FILM PROGRAMMING ALSO INCLUDES RICHARD CURTIS’ LOVE ACTUALLY, CHRIS COLUMBUS’ HOME ALONE, ROBERT ZEMECKIS’ BACK TO THE FUTURE, SAM MENDES’ SKYFALL, DISNEY AND PIXAR’S TOY STORY IN CONCERT, AND THE WACHOWSKIS’ THE MATRIX
 
SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE BUSTER KEATON’S THE GENERAL FEATURING ORGANIST CAMERON CARPENTER AND GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

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Sep 10, 2021

MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY OPEN 2021–22 SEASON WITH THREE PERFORMANCES FEATURING COLLABORATIVE PARTNER ESPERANZA SPALDING AND ALONZO KING LINES BALLET, SEPTEMBER 30–OCTOBER 2, 2021
 
Re-Opening Night Concert on October 1 is preceded by a complimentary Sparkling Wine Welcome in Davies Symphony Hall and an outdoor After-Party for all ticketholders
 
Re-Opening Night VIP Packages offer an enhanced experience and are available for purchase via sfsymphony.org/ReOpeningNight/vip; proceeds from the event benefit the SF Symphony’s myriad artistic, education, and community programs
 
Re-Opening Night recorded live for Great Performances on PBS; premieres Friday, November 19
 
All San Francisco Concert on September 30 and Orchestral Series Concert on October 2 round out the SF Symphony’s opening week

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Sep 10, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASES DIGITAL AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDINGS OF KEV CHOICE’S MOVEMENTS ON SFS MEDIA SEPTEMBER 24, 2021
 
Movements features Kev Choice, AÏMA the DRMR, and Bay Area musicians alongside members of the San Francisco Symphony
 
Audio recorded in 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution; digital release available for streaming and download via major retailers worldwide on September 24, 2021
 
Learn more at sfsymphony.org/movements

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Aug 27, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASES DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDING OF NICO MUHLY’S THROUGHLINE ON SFS MEDIA AUGUST 27, 2021
 
Throughline features contributions from all eight SF Symphony Collaborative Partners with members of the San Francisco Symphony
 
Audio recorded in 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution; digital release available for streaming and download via major retailers worldwide
 
Available now at sfsymphony.org/nicomuhly 

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Aug 20, 2021

RAGNAR BOHLIN CONCLUDES 14-YEAR TENURE AS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S CHORUS DIRECTOR

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Aug 16, 2021

SINGLE TICKETS FOR ALL SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 2021–22 SEASON CONCERTS ON SALE TUESDAY AUGUST 31, VIA THE BOX OFFICE STARTING AT 8AM AND ONLINE & BY PHONE AT 10AM

Added holiday programming includes Holiday Soul, A Merry-Achi Christmas, Holiday Gaiety, The Nutcracker & The Mouse King, A Cool Yule Christmas, Holiday Brass, and New Year’s Eve with Darren Criss

Other added performances include Best in Brass, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story—Film with Live Orchestra, SF Symphony Chorus: Carmina burana, and Airborne Toxic Event

Tickets for SF Symphony Chorus: Carmina burana available now; single tickets for all other 2021–22 concerts on sale August 31, 2021 via sfsymphony.org

UPDATED HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION FOR EVERYONE AGES 12 AND UP TO ENTER DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL DURING THE 2021–22 SEASON

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Aug 3, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL BEGINNING AUGUST 6, 2021

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Jul 23, 2021

CELLIST JOSHUA ROMAN REPLACES PABLO FERRÁNDEZ IN SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY CONCERTS ON JULY 30 AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND JULY 31 AT FROST AMPHITHEATER
 
Conductor and program remain the same

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Jul 15, 2021

MARK C. HANSON STEPS DOWN AS SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Jun 29, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND ESA-PEKKA SALONEN ANNOUNCE 2021–22 SEASON

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Jun 21, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES LIFTED RESTRICTIONS AND UPDATED SAFETY PROTOCOLS BEGINNING JUNE 24, 2021

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Jun 16, 2021

TREVOR WESTON SELECTED TO RECEIVE FIRST ANNUAL EMERGING BLACK COMPOSERS PROJECT COMMISSION

World premiere of Weston’s new work to be given by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony in Fall 2022
 
Additional commissions awarded to Jonathan Bingham,
Shawn Okpebholo, and Sumi Tonooka

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Jun 3, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES SUMMER SEASON WITH CONCERTS IN DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL AND OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES AT SIGMUND STERN GROVE AND FROST AMPHITHEATER, JULY 2–AUGUST 13, 2021

 

ON JULY 4, THE SF SYMPHONY PERFORMS A FREE CONCERT AT SIGMUND STERN GROVE WITH EDWIN OUTWATER CONDUCTING
 
SF SYMPHONY PERFORMS FIVE SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERTS AT FROST AMPHITHEATER, PRESENTED BY STANFORD LIVE, JULY 10–AUGUST 7
 
Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the SF Symphony in concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on July 9 & 16 and at Frost Amphitheater on July 10 & 17

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May 24, 2021

PROGRAM UPDATES FOR LIVE CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL CONDUCTED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, JUNE 17–JUNE 25, 2021

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May 21, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING DETAILS FOR DIGITAL CONTENT ON SFSYMPHONY+ THROUGH THE END OF THE 2020–21 SEASON, WITH NEW RELEASES MAY 27–AUGUST 26, 2021

SoundBox programs curated by Destiny Muhammad, Claire Chase, Nico Muhly, and Jeremy Denk

New episodes of CURRENTS series, exploring Persian classical music and Klezmer musical cultures

Free chamber music performances by members of the San Francisco Symphony

MEMBERSHIPS AND INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS ON SALE NOW AT SFSYMPHONYPLUS.ORG

SFSymphony+ can now be downloaded as an app via the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Firestick, and is available via TV services including Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, Roku, and smart TVs

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May 4, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES ADDED TICKETS AND INCREASED AUDIENCE CAPACITIES FOR LIVE CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY 6–JUNE 25, 2021
 
Programming announced for May 27–June 25 concerts

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Apr 30, 2021

CHINYAKARE ENSEMBLE CURATES CURRENTS: MAVAMBO ENGOMA, ROOTED IN MUSIC, AVAILABLE MAY 6 ON SFSYMPHONY+

CURRENTS: Mavambo eNgoma, Rooted in Music explores the intersection of classical and Zimbabwean musical cultures, featuring performances by members of the Chinyakare Ensemble and SF Symphony musicians

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Apr 26, 2021

THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES RETURN TO LIVE CONCERTS AT DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL, MAY 6–JUNE 25, 2021
 
Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the SF Symphony in live indoor performances for medical professionals and community partners May 6 & 7; program features Jean Sibelius’ Rakastava, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Carl Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings, Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, and Edvard Grieg’s From Holberg’s Time Suite

Tickets on sale May 6, 2021 for seven additional concert sets led by Jeremy Denk, James Gaffigan, Ken-David Masur, Joseph Young, Joshua Weilerstein, and Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Apr 13, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MUSIC DIRECTOR ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CURATES SOUNDBOX: PATTERNS, AVAILABLE APRIL 15 ON SFSYMPHONY+

Program features Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, Terry Riley’s In C, and the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Saltat sobrius: Fantasy upon Sederunt príncipes, with performances by Salonen, pianist Elizabeth Dorman, SF Symphony musicians, and LINES Ballet dancers Adji Cissoko and Shuaib Elhassan

 SFSymphony+ can now be downloaded as an app via the Apple App Store and Google Play, and is available via TV services including Chromecast and smart TVs

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Mar 26, 2021

JEROD IMPICHCHAACHAAHA' TATE CURATES CURRENTS: THUNDER SONG, AVAILABLE APRIL 1 ON  SFSYMPHONY+

CURRENTS: Thunder Song explores the intersection of American Indian and classical musical cultures, featuring music by Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, Louis W. Ballard, Rochelle Chester, and from the Pomo tradition
 
Performers include Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, Elders Thomas Leon Brown aka Machuchuk and Ron Montez from the Pomo Elem Indian Colony, and members of the San Francisco Symphony

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Mar 14, 2021

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY WIN 2021 GRAMMY® AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF BEST CLASSICAL COMPENDIUM FOR THEIR LIVE CONCERT RECORDING OF TILSON THOMAS’ FROM THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK & MEDITATIONS ON RILKE
 
Recording on SF Symphony’s in-house label SFS Media

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Mar 11, 2021

SOUNDBOX: LINEAGE, CURATED BY COLLABORATIVE PARTNER JULIA BULLOCK AVAILABLE NOW ON  SFSYMPHONY+

Program includes music by J.S. Bach, Hildegard von Bingen, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Francis Poulenc, Ricky Ian Gordon, Elizabeth Ogonek, Aruán Ortiz, Nina Simone, Esperanza Spalding, and George Walker

SoundBox: Lineage features performances by classical singer Julia Bullock; soprano Natalia Salemmo; mezzo-soprano Silvie Jensen; violinist Benjamin Beilman; pianists Sarah Cahill, Marc Shapiro, and John Wilson; conductor Daniel Stewart; and members of the SF Symphony and Chorus

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Mar 1, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY PARTNERS WITH POST:BALLET TO PRESENT PLAYING CHANGES, AVAILABLE FREE BEGINNING MARCH 4 ON SFSYMPHONY+

San Francisco contemporary dance company Post:ballet and San Francisco Symphony violinist Helen Kim bring to life seven interdisciplinary works for solo violin and dance
 
Performance features music by Samuel Adams, Philip Glass, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and LJ White; and world premieres of new works by Ambrose Akinmusire, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Elizabeth Ogonek

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Feb 5, 2021

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY RELEASE ALBAN BERG: VIOLIN CONCERTO, SEVEN EARLY SONGS, & THREE PIECES FOR ORCHESTRA ON SFS MEDIA FEBRUARY 26, 2021
 
Gil Shaham performs Berg's Violin Concerto and soprano Susanna Phillips is soloist in Berg's Seven Early Songs

Album recorded in 24-bit/192hHz high-resolution; available in 5.1 surround-capable SACD and for download and streaming via major retailers worldwide
 
Available for pre-order now at sfsymphony.org/berg

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